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Cherry and Whites turn on the style to beat basement side Coney Hill
7:46am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Coney Hill 15 Camborne 27
Camborne gave a fine 2nd half display running in three tries to defeat basement side Coney Hill in a match played in heavy rain in Gloucester, writes Martin Symons.
In recording their first away South West One victory the Cherry & Whites consolidated 4th spot in the table ahead of this weekend mouth watering home clash with North Petherton.
The Somerset side currently occupy the playoff spot but will recall their Recreation Ground defeat last season that sparked a run of results that saw strong finishing Camborne leap frog them.
For the long trip to Gloucester Grant Thirlby came in at full back with Jason Jackson a late call up at scrum half. Upfront James Goldsworthy moved to lock in place of the injured Shaun Buzza with Ryan Spargo recalled to the resulting back row vacancy.
Before the downpours began the home side went 6-0 up early on courtesy of a brace of penalties but ‘Town’ soon replied opening their account as a penalty was punted to corner and Spargo touched down from the resulting lineout catch and drive.
As conditions began to deteriorate Coney Hill stretched their lead to 12-5 with two more well struck penalties but as the interval neared David Mankee landed a penalty goal for the visitors to cut the deficit.
The visitors hit a decisive purple patch soon after the interval with a couple of well taken touchdowns in quick succession. On 44 minutes fly half Mankee astutely chipped through to set up a position wide on the right from where winger Rob Floyd was forced over.
Almost immediately No 8 David Roberts made a thundering charge upfield to barge across the home goal line. Mankee added the extras to the Roberts’ effort to make the score 12-20.
The visiting forwards with lock Ben Kemp prominent were now on top playing no nonsense wet weather rugby but the hosts nudged closer on the hour courtesy of a 5th penalty success.
With a little over 10 minutes remaining Camborne duly secured a deserved victory and a precious away bonus point when outstanding prop Will Webster peeled off the back of a maul and was driven over for their 4th try. Mankee added the extras and ‘Town’ went on to control the closing exchanges.
Camborne: Grant Thirlby, Rob Floyd, Steve Kenward (capt), Laurie Manna, Adam Notman, David Mankee, Jason Jackson, Nigel Endean, Sam Bartle, Will Webster, James Goldsworthy, Ben Kemp, George Hall, Ryan Spargo, Dave Roberts (Reps) Leigh Hocking, Joel Matavesi, Cameron Bone
Tries: Spargo, Floyd, Roberts, Webster. Cons: Mankee 2 Pen: Mankee