WESTBURY Ladies fell to a heavy 80-5 defeat when they travelled to Exeter to take on Topsham.

In the first-ever meeting between the two clubs, both struggled for numbers in the lead-up to the contest, so it was decided that teams would only field 12 players and play would last for just 30 minutes in each half.

The visitors struggled to adapt with so many players playing out of position, while some were only fresh back from injury and illness.

However, this did not stop Westbury from producing their own moments of brilliance in the game despite the one-side scoreline.

Katie Vaughan scored the visitors’ sole try, capping a solid team effort, while the defence was also strong in the second half to hold Topsham off for long periods.

Chantelle Rugman pulled off a string of fine tackles while playing out of position at full-back, while Anna Hemingway, Maddie Bias, Hannah Haynes and Hannah Crossley all ran strong lines in attack as Westbury attempted to cause problems for their opponents.

Crossley and Alexis Harris’ chase down to prevent a Topsham try was another memorable moment to recount on the long trip home back to Wiltshire.

Westbury have another away fixture this coming Sunday when they travel to take on another Devon side, Plymstock.