Camborne 28 - 16 Bideford.
Town take the win but dogged Bideford deny them the bonus point.
Match Report from Martin Symons.
Camborne comfortably maintained their unbeaten home record to keep up the pressure at the top of South West One but failed to gai
n the bonus point against a lively Bideford side.
The Cherry & Whites welcomed back Grant Thirlby and David Mankee to the starting threequarter line whilst Martin Woolcock came in for Adam Lewarne at lock.
The visitors gamely looked to move the ball wide throughout an error strewn encounter and took an early lead when their left wing sliced through midfield to set up a run in for full back Sam Olde and Olly Wickett improved the score with a routine conversion. Straight from the re-start Alex Ducker set off on a dazzling run downfield and when he was eventually halted home centre Steve Kenward seized on a loose ball to go over. Fly half Mankee added the angled conversion but a well judged penalty from fly half Wickett then saw Bideford 10-7 up still inside the 1st quarter.
On 24 minutes ‘Town’ took the lead when their forwards drove from a line out in front of the West Bank for hooker Sam Bartle to touch down for an unconverted try. Soon after fly half Mankee increased the advantage to five points with an excellent penalty but before half time the reliable boot of Wickett landed a penalty from 40 metres to make it only 15-13 at the interval.
Though the visitors now had the slope in their favour Mankee found the uprights superbly from distance twice in the opening exchanges of the 2nd period for 21-13 before back came the visitors with Wickett again coolly slotting a 35 metre penalty.
On the hour the home side moved well clear with a superb individual try by left wing Ducker who cut inside to score at the posts leaving Mankee a simple conversion.
In the final quarter Camborne went in search of the bonus point with centre Richard Kevern going closest but the Cherry & Whites repeatedly came up short with the visitors defending doggedly to keep Town out.
Camborne: Joe Parma, Grant Thirlby, Steve Kenward, Richard Kevern, Alex Ducker, David Mankee, Taron Peacock, Nigel Endean,S
am Bartle Stuart Milliner, Tony Whittle, Martin Woolcock, James Goldsworthy, Neil Stanleick, David Roberts
Reps Malcolm Hearn, Cameron Bone, Callum Moyle
Camborne tries - Kenward, Bartle, Ducker cons - Mankee 2 pens - Mankee 3.
Next weekend Camborne travel to Somerset to face 4th place Bridgwater where their defence will certainly need to be on top form as the home team have averaged 38 points a game at their Bath Road ground. Town know this is a must win match if they are not to slip further behind leaders Cleve who they face at the REC the following week.