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Camborne up to fourth after comfortable win over Cullompton
1:26pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in Sport
Camborne move up to fourth spot in the South West One table after a much-improved display saw them record a five try bonus point victory over Cullompton at the Recreation Ground, writes Martin Symons.
Town made two changes to their starting line up, with Steve Kenward returning at centre, whilst James Goldsworthy moved up to lock to allow Ryan Spargo to come back into the back row after a long injury lay off.
Despite facing the wind and slope in the first period the Camborne pack led the way with a dominant performance at the set piece whilst Goldsworthy, alongside Dave Roberts who was outstanding at No 8, carried a huge amount of ball in attack.
On top in the opening quarter, the home side took the lead early on when the forwards hammered the line in the turnstile, allowing Kenward to cut back inside and drive over. David Mankee converted with a well judged kick from a wide angle.
The visitors opened their account with a long range penalty before a sustained period of Camborne forward pressure saw industrious lock Shaun Buzza emerge from the bottom of an unstoppable drive from the pack to bag his first senior try to the left of the posts. Fly half Mankee’s conversion made the score 14-3.
As the interval neared the visitors made a rare visit to the home final third and profited with a soft converted score when a clearance kick was charged down.
Town began the second period strongly, sweeping downfield to build a series of attacks in front of the West Bank which ended with full back Joe Parma squeezing over for an unconverted try on the left flank.
Mankee found the posts with a straightforward 55th minute penalty to stretch the lead to 22 -10 before Camborne went out of sight as the bonus point arrived courtesy of a well executed blindside move, with scrum half Dean Pascoe sending right wing Rob Floyd flying over.
In the final quarter the visitors dominated possession but time after time they were denied by the home side’s tenacious defensive efforts with their only reward a solitary penalty.
On the final whistle the Cherry and Whites turned over ball 25 metres out and swiftly moved it wide right to Floyd who jinked his way to the goal line to complete his brace of touchdowns, with centre Grant Thirlby’s superb angled conversion wrapping things up.
Camborne face a stiff task this weekend when they travel to take on Cleve currently the league leaders and the only unbeaten side in the division.
Camborne: Joe Parma, Rob Floyd, Steve Kenward, Grant Thirlby, Aaron Hunt, David Mankee, Dean Pascoe, Nigel Endean, Sam Bartle, Will Webster, Shaun Buzza, James Goldsworthy, George Hall, Ryan Spargo, David Roberts(capt). (Reps) Leigh Hocking, Joel Matavesi, Martin Woolcock
Tries: Floyd 2, Kenward, Buzza, Parma Cons: Mankee 2, Thirlby Pen: Mankee