Camborne 23 - 17 Chard
Town take their 100% league record at the REC to 20 games.
Camborne stretched their long unbeaten home run to an amazing twenty South West One matches by grinding out a workmanlike victory over a committed Chard side at the Recreation Ground. Town have now lost just once at the REC in South West 1 since March 2010, that's 33 matches in total.
The Cherry & Whites ran in three cracking tries and were only denied the bonus point as a scoring pass was picked off for a length of the field interception by the visitors.
As a result ‘Town’ moved level on points with North Petherton in 3rd spot in the League table ahead of this weekend’s big Cornwall Cup clash at Wadebridge Camels.
For the Chard game Joel Matavesi returned to a back line that also saw flying winger Alex Ducker back in the Camborne jersey. Grant Thirlby replaced David Mankee at fly half whilst in the pack Leigh Hocking got a start in the front row.
Thirlby’s simple 1st minute penalty saw the home side in front and from that point they were never headed in a highly competitive encounter.
In a rare first quarter Chard attack big lock Ben Kemp made a telling stop in the scoreboard corner and ‘Town’ cleared their lines.
The opening try of the game arrived midway through the first period when prop Hocking and No 8 Dave Roberts both made strong runs to set up a position for skipper Steve Kenward to send Joe Parma scything through the Chard defence to
score at the posts. Thirlby easily knocked over the conversion for a 10-0 lead.
Soon after Chard opened their account with a penalty and on 28 minutes with Camborne pressing a visiting centre made the telling interception before racing fully 90 metres to dot down in the right hand corner and fly half Chris Doak’s excellent conversion levelled things up at 10 a piece.
Playing down the slope in the 2nd half the Cherry & Whites soon piled on the pressure and a smart blindside move off the base of a five metre scrum saw replacement scrum half Dean Pascoe feed elusive left wing Ducker who did well to squeeze over.
Soon Thirlby stretched the lead to 18-10 with a straightforward penalty and crucially superb home defence for a long period then repeatedly denied the hardworking Chard forwards the try they needed to get back into contention.
Going into the closing stages a long range home attack saw full back Parma burst clear before timing perfectly his offload to right wing Rob Floyd who scorched over for the decisive try.
Late on the visitors gained a deserved consolation bonus point with a series of forward drives eventually ending with a touchdown which Doak coolly converted with the final kick of the game.
Camborne tries; Parma, Ducker, Floyd con; Thirlby pens; Thirlby 2
Camborne: Joe Parma, Rob Floyd, Joel Matavesi, Steve Kenward (capt), Alex Ducker, Grant Thirlby, Jason Jackson, Nigel Endean, Sam Bartle, Leigh Hocking, John Griffiths, Ben Kemp, George Hall, James Goldsworthy, Dave Roberts (Reps) Will Webster, Cameron Bone, Dean Pascoe
Before the game almost 70 Vice Presidents and guests enjoyed a superb 2 course pre match luncheon supplied by the clubs new caterers 'Scrummages'.
The squads focus now turns to the defence of their Tribute Cornwall Senior Cup. The campaign starts with a tough Quarter Final encounter with last season losing finalists Wadebridge up at Molesworth field. The home side will be looking for revenge following their 22-0 defeat in the final at Penryn.
The sides have already met in the league this season and Wadebridge will take a lot of heart from their narrow 29-23 defeat at the REC in September. Camborne, who have not had the best of times at the Camels in recent seasons will be buoyed by the fact that their hosts have lost their last 3 at home and only won one of the last 5.