Camborne victory keeps playoff hopes alive and condemns Wadebridge to relegation (From Falmouth Packet)
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Camborne victory keeps playoff hopes alive and condemns Wadebridge to relegation
Wadebridge Camels 19 Camborne 34
Camborne maintain their interest in the South West One play off place with a convincing bonus point victory at Wadebridge that condemned the Camels to relegation in a absorbing Cornish derby clash.
The five try win from the visitors, their best in several visits to the Molesworth Field was built on a powerful performance from the pack and steely determination in the tackle from one to fifteen.
For the Cherry & Whites injuries forced more changes behind the scrum with Grant Thirlby starting at full back and Richard Kevern at fly half.
The home side made a dream start with James Grubb crashing over for a try near the posts which the centre also converted for 7-0 inside four minutes. The visitors soon opened their account however with a well judged penalty into the strong breeze landed by Thirlby reducing the arrears.
With no further scoring in the opening quarter the game came to life on 23 minutes when Alex Ducker intercepted 35 metres out for the Cherry & Whites and romped over for their opening try. The Camels then quickly regained the advantage when hooker Matt Ballard stormed over wide on the left and Grubb converted superbly for 14-8.
Camborne cut the lead as the interval neared building a spell of pressure through their forwards following a close range line out that ended with a Sam Bartle touchdown that went unconverted.
Trailing by only a single point at the break from the resumption the Cherry & Whites hit a three try purple patch with the wind at their backs to put the result beyond the home side inside the hour.
First a penalty was punted to touch and from the line out hooker Bartle dotted down at the bottom of a 30 metre driving maul. Almost immediately the rampant visiting pack repeated the dose in a carbon copy with No 8 David Roberts profiting this time. Full back Thirlby added the extras to each touchdown with majestic touchline kicks.
Now 14-27 in arrears things soon got worse for Wadebridge as an attack broke down when centre Laurie Manna intercepted before the ball was shipped to left wing Ducker who kicked down field and followed up at pace to gather and score under the posts. Thirlby slotted the simple conversion to put his team out of sight.
Right wing Rob Floyd was denied a sixth visiting try by a last ditch corner tackle before down but not out the Camels hit back with a well worked corner try inside the final quarter from full back Will Pengelly.
In the closing stages though enjoying a good deal of territory and possession Wadebridge could not break through determined ‘Town’ defence which denied even the consolation of a deserved losing bonus point.
Camborne now look forward to their home Tribute Cup Semi Final with Penryn (Wednesday 6.30pm kick off) before their final must win League game away at Clevedon on Saturday.
Camborne: Grant Thirlby, Rob Floyd, Steve Kenward (capt), Laurie Manna, Alex Ducker, Richard Kevern, Dean Pascoe, Nigel Endean, Sam Bartle, Leigh Hocking, Ben Kemp, John Griffiths, George Hall, Cameron Bone, Dave Roberts(capt). (Reps) Will Webster, Olly Reynolds, Liam Chapple
Camborne tries Bartle 2, Ducker 2, Roberts cons Thirlby 3 pen Thirlby
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