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Camborne dig deep to beat Clevedon
8:39am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Camborne 33 Clevedon 20
Camborne had to dig deep to maintain their long unbeaten home run against a highly competitive Clevedon side before finally going on to seal a bonus point win in the Recreation Ground sunshine, writes Martin Symons.
The victory sees the Cherry & Whites move up to 4th spot in the South West One table, a position they will look to improve upon with a win when they visit bottom of the pile Coney Hill this weekend.
Upfront Nigel Endean returned at prop with Dave Roberts restored to No 8 whilst behind the scrum Dean Pascoe returned at scrum half and Adam Notman got a start on the flank as Joe Parma reverted to full back.
‘Town’ opened their account with their 1st real attack of the game as a sweeping handling move involving Parma and centre Laurie Manna ended with left wing Notman racing over for a cracking try in the turnstile corner.
Still inside the opening quarter another fine piece of play by the home backs saw the lead doubled to 10-0 with elusive right wing Rob Floyd showing his strength to squeeze over wide out on his flank. David Mankee stretched the advantage further with a 25th minute penalty before the visitors got on the scoreboard from a Mike Taylor penalty shot.
After a long injury delay as unlucky lock Shaun Buzza was forced off the closing exchanges of the half saw spirited Clevedon bagging a quick fire brace of tries through their hard working forwards with centre Taylor converting the latter effort for a 13-15 scoreline.
The visitors’ lead was short lived however as on the interval whistle fly half Mankee calmly booted a 30 metre penalty to give his team a narrow one point advantage.
Now playing down the slope Camborne soon increased their lead with Mankee darting over for a try to which he also added the extras.
Clevedon hit back with a long period of pressure resolutely repelled by a tenacious Cherry & Whites defence until the visitors eventually slipped over for an unconverted 51st minute try.
Trailing only 23-20 Clevedon continued to hold the upper hand territorially but could not breach the rock solid home defence. Eventually Mankee landed his 3rd penalty of the afternoon to allow ‘Town’ some breathing space going into the closing stages.
In injury time the never say die visitors mounted yet another attack but replacement Camborne wing Aaron Hunt made a telling interception and set off on an unstoppable 80 metre run to the posts to bag the bonus point touchdown. Mankee knocked over the straightforward conversion to complete the scoring in an absorbing game.
Camborne: Joe Parma, Rob Floyd, Steve Kenward (capt), Laurie Manna, Adam Notman, David Mankee, Dean Pascoe, Nigel Endean, Sam Bartle, Leigh Hocking, Shaun Buzza, Ben Kemp, George Hall, James Goldsworthy, Dave Roberts (Reps) Will Webster, Ryan Spargo, Aaron Hunt
Tries: Notman, Floyd, Mankee, Hunt cons Mankee 2 pens Mankee 3