With a break in the Devon 1 league programme, Dartmouth welcomed Kingsbridge second
team to Norton Playing Fields for a friendly match which was played in wet and windy
conditions as the rain continued to fall throughout the whole match. So for the first time this
season Dartmouth were able to keep all the spectators dry as they sought refuge in the new
stand built over the summer by a few dedicated committee members.
Dartmouth, who were short on players going into the match due to injuries and work
commitments, had to use their only replacement on 9 minutes when fly half Lorien Spurdle
went off with an arm injury and was replaced by Ricky Seymour. Both teams competed well
in the opening exchanges and the game was 30 minutes old before Dartmouth finally made
their possession count when player coach Tom Clark went over for the first try of the day.
Matt Hawkins now playing at 10 sent the conversion just wide so 5-0 was the score going
into the half time break.
The second half was only 5 minutes old when Karl Caunter setup Tom Clark for his second
try of the day and this time Josh Bruckner kicked just wide with the conversion making it 10-
0. Some slack defending allowed Kingsbridge to hit back 6 minutes later with a try of their
own but the conversion was also wide leaving the score at 10-5. In the last 30 minutes
Kingsbridge were reduced to 14 men and Dartmouth down to 13 men as injuries took their
toll in horrible conditions but it was Dartmouth that finished the stronger and with 2 minutes
remaining Karl Caunter scored a third try for Dartmouth with Vince May confirming it was
not a good day for the kickers by sending his conversion low and wide. Final score 15-5.
All in all a good workout for Dartmouth who will take a lot of positives out of the match as
they prepare for another friendly fixture this Saturday 29th September when they take on
BRNC at Norton in a 15.00 KO.
Dartmouth would like to thank everyone at The White Laundry Company for laundering the
playing kit for this season.
Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC