Camborne 34 Thornbury 6
Camborne rounded off their home South West One fixtures in style with a convincing six try win over Thornbury at the Recreation Ground.
The victory keeps the Cherry & Whites’ play-off hopes alive on a day when rivals St Austell faltered with a shock defeat at relegated Coney Hill.
For ‘Town’ Joe Parma returned at full back whilst a reshuffle upfront brought a rare start for hooker Simon Hoon with regular No 2 Sam Bartle moving to the back row. In a further change Leigh Hocking started at prop.
The Cherry & Whites made a good start striking first on 6 minutes when a quickly tapped penalty resulted in a neat handling move from which right wing Rob Floyd touched down. David Mankee knocked over the simple conversion for a 7-0 lead.
The visitors responded with a penalty but still inside the 1st quarter Camborne increased their advantage when another good bout of handling ended with an unconverted try for fly half Mankee.
It wasn’t long before flying winger Alex Ducker went over to take the score to 17-3 but the visitors hit back with another penalty at the end of the half to cut the deficit to 11 points at the interval.
Camborne started the second half in determined mood and soon got the reward of a bonus point when after a series of mauls the ball was fed to Richard Kevern who crashed over by the posts for Mankee to add the extras.
Midway through the 2nd period a superb break by replacement flanker Olly Reynolds took play to the Thornbury line and from the resulting pressure Mankee unselfishly slipped the ball to Ducker who dotted down his second try of the afternoon.
In the final quarter ‘Town’ bagged their 6th and final try when following another excellent passage of play involving both forwards and backs the ball was spread wide for hard working centre Kevern to go over yet again.
Camborne travel to Wadebridge this weekend for a Cornish derby clash. Games between the two sides are always keenly contested and this encounter with both teams needing the five points for contrasting reasons is sure to be a tense and tight affair.
Camborne: Joe Parma, Rob Floyd, Steve Kenward (capt), Richard Kevern, Alex Ducker, David Mankee, Dean Pascoe, Nigel Endean, Simon Hoon, Leigh Hocking, Ben Kemp, John Griffiths, Sam Bartle, Cameron Bone, Dave Roberts(capt). (Reps) Will Webster, Olly Reynolds, Grant Thirlby
Camborne tries: Ducker 2, Kevern 2, Floyd, Mankee cons Mankee 2