Camborne 8, Exmouth 17

Camborne saw their unbeaten home record go as visiting Exmouth recorded a deserved victory at the Recreation Ground.

The Cherry & Whites slip a place to fourth spot in the South West Premier table as a result after Maidenhead collected a losing bonus point in their defeat at leaders Barnstaple.

The home side started brightly despite facing the slope and went ahead very early on with fly half Rhys Brownfield’s regulation penalty shot.

Exmouth began to get on top and a long period of forward pressure was rewarded midway through the half when their No 8 dotted down under the posts for the opening try of the afternoon. George Meadows duly knocked over the extras for a 3-7 scoreline.

On the half hour fly half Meadows stretched the Exmouth lead when he landed a 40 metre penalty head on to the posts.

Crucially as the interval neared the Cockles increased their advantage still further when elusive wing Jack Downie went through a couple of tackles to score wide on the right flank. Meadows converted from the touchline with a superb kick to give Camborne a mountain to climb down 3-17 at the break.

The opening exchanges of the second period were error strewn with ‘Town’ desperate to get back in the game and eventually right wing Josh Semmens crossed in the scoreboard corner on the hour to reduce the deficit.

The final quarter saw chances come and go for both teams but it was the visitors who prevailed courtesy of some determined defence and astute tactical kicking from both Meadows and their outstanding full back Sam Whitehead.

Camborne: L Thomas, J Semmens, J Champion, R Gurnett, T Nicholas, R Brownfield, R McAtee, A Zacharovas, T Southworth, J Drew, J Goldsworthy, D Cook, M Lawrence, J Nicholls, J Rose (capt). Reps: M Hearn, J Hoskin, A Riches.

Scorers: Try - Semmens; Pen - Brownfield.