Camborne 60 - 14 Cullompton
Town end losing run in style in an entertaining match at the REC.
Match Report by Martin Symons.
Camborne ended their recent run of defeats with an emphatic ten try victory over Cullompton who now find themselves rock bottom
of the South West One table.
The win sees the Cherry & Whites still occupying 4th spot having moved closer to Bridgewater who returned home pointless from th
eir clash at improving 5th placed Bideford. Crucially both sides are still to visit the Rec.
‘Town’ welcomed back Richard Kevern at centre and with Sam Bartle taking a break from playing Stuart Milliner took over the hooker’s jersey.
With the Recreation Ground in fine condition the home side opened strongly building up a 19-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. After a driving maul was halted illegally centre Steve Kenward crashed over from close range on 7 minutes for the first of the scores.
Soon after following a flowing move down the left No 8 Dave Roberts showed his strength to power over near the posts. David Mankee booted the regulation conversion before adding the extras to an individual effort from Alex Ducker who followed up his own kick ahead to gather and dot down to take the score to 19 - 0 inside the first quarter.
The visitors then enjoyed a good spell of territory and possession and deservedly narrowed the deficit to only five points by the half
hour mark with a brace of converted tries.
On the half time whistle however scrum half Taron Peacock raced away from a quick tap penalty before exchanging passes with the supporting Mankee to romp over and grab the bonus point try. Fly half Mankee’s conversion took the score 26-14 at the interval.
During the break the home side rang the changes bringing on all 3 replacements giving a South West 1 debut to new signing Gareth Mankee who took over from Grant Thirlby on the wing. Straight after the restart the Cherry & Whites went out of sight as first Peacock sent replacement flanker Neil Stanleick charging over wide out and then Ashley Lawton dived in from a close range maul for a 36-14 lead.
Full back Ducker then showcased his pace and ball skills to complete his hat trick with two further touchdowns in the 55th and 65th minutes with Mankee adding the extras to the latter.
In the closing stages Camborne added further gloss to their victory when lock Lawton barged over to bag his 2nd of the afternoon for
Mankee to convert and late on Ducker served up an opportunity for young replacement wing Gareth Mankee to get his first Cherry &
White senior try wide out.
Camborne: Alex Ducker, Rob Floyd, Richard Kevern, Steve Kenward, Grant Thirlby, David Mankee, Taron Peacock, Nigel Endean,S
tuart Milliner, Malcolm Hearn, Ben Kemp, Ashley Lawton, James Goldsworthy, Tony Whittle, David Roberts Reps Gareth Mankee, J
ordan Sheers, Neil Stanleick
Camborne tries; Ducker 3, Lawton 2, Kenward, Roberts, Peacock, Stanleick, GMankee - cons; D Mankee 5
The Cherry & Whites make their longest away journey of the season this Saturday with a 425 mile round trip for a first ever visit to Drybrook (Gloucester)
The team are fully aware the importance of getting a result from the game as they can't afford to lose if they wish to compete for a coveted play off spot. In form Bridgwater lost for the first time in 9 matches at the weekend and still have to visit the REC, so the team know they are now back in the hunt. Preparation this week will be intense with sessions on the all weather surface at Cornwall College and Crane Park.