South Molton 12 v Liskeard-Looe 12
Hard fought opening match
Last Saturday Liskeard travelled to South Molton for the opening match of the new league season, for a clash between last season’s champions of Cornwall 1 and Devon 1; the Lions squad contained five players from last season’s colts side, Jordan Smith, Will Stuart, Oliver Aggis, Camron Smith and Nathan Wills.
Within five minutes of kick off an interception by Smith saw the full back running in from thirty metres for the opening try; unfortunately the conversion attempt by new player Ieuan Evans, on his league debut, was missed. In the eleventh minute a Liskeard player strayed offside drawing a penalty and the home team decided to kick for goal, from just inside the Lions half, luckily the kick was put wide. On twenty minutes, following good work by the Liskeard pack, a superb break by Sam Chapman was followed by inter-passing from The Lions backs saw Chris Chew cross the whitewash, under the posts, to touch down for the second try and this was improved by Evans to increase the lead. On twenty-five minutes the home side began to put pressure on Liskeard and from a scrum five metres from The Lions try-line scored a converted try to narrow the deficit to five points and then shortly after South Molton scord a second try, this time in the left-hand corner, with the conversion attempt hitting the crossbar and bouncing out to take the half time score to twelve each. It had been a good half for Liskeard who could have been in front because earlier a kick ahead had been chased down by wing Billy Edwards, putting the defence under pressure, and looked to have managed to touch down for a try but the referee said no, he obviously couldn’t see the grounding from where he was.
Into the second half with the home side visibly tiring Liskeard tried to up the tempo and it was a combination of wrong options at times, dropped or missed passes and dogged defence from both sides prevented any further scoring, although Liskeard spent long periods inside the home twenty-two without managing to beat the final defences; The game ended with a 12-12 draw, even though perhaps The Lions deserved to win, but on reflections after a hard fought game even honours was possibly the right result on the day