Newton Abbot 41 – Ivybridge 24
October 28th 2017 Match Report
In front of another big Rackerhayes crowd – bolstered by 100 plus past players – the “All Whites” and Ivybridge put on a great display which was a credit to both clubs.
The visitors have proven to be somewhat of a bogey side for Newton as they have won the four previous encounters, however this time round the home side went in front after two minutes and weren’t headed after that.
Ivybridge made a mess of receiving the kick-off allowing Newton to go through multi-phases with backs and forwards combining to open up space for full back Rob Avery-Wright
to score at the corner.
The next try came from long range; scrum half Luke Kenny
and lock Luke Mingo
linked inside their own half before sending fly half Ollie Avery-Wright
in from 40 metres. Rob Avery-Wright
, who had been unable to improve his own score, added the extras to his brother’s try for a point a minute 12-nil lead.
Newton’s opening salvo was matched by Ivybridge who counter-attacked brilliantly. A missed touch kick down Newton’s right flank saw the ball transferred across the pitch to centre Lewis Paterson who slipped past a couple of tackles before chipping ahead for co-centre Sam Kingscott to score. Fly-half Mitch Pinkus added the conversion.
Ivybridge’s second try also came when Newton punted downfield and failed to stop the visitors speedy backs from counter-attacking and putting Kingscott into the opposite corner to level the scores.
Newton were soon back on front; the back row of Chris Courtier
, Josh Vickridge
and Jarryd Harris
– later named as the man of the match – combined to make ground into the visitors “22”; second phase ball was spun right and centre Matt Jess
’s well timed pass put Rob Avery-Wright
in for his second try in Clubhouse corner, he also added the touchline conversion.
It was then Newton’s turn to run back a loose Ivybridge kick; Jess combined with his co mid-fielder Kevin Dennis
to pave the way for Kyle Browne
to score and Rob Avery-Wright
to convert for a 26-12 lead.
Another sparkling handling move then appeared to put Newton further ahead, but the referee spotted a forward pass and called the players back for a scrum. Ivybridge duly won the set piece on their own “22” and moved the ball to winger Tom Scholes who raced down the touchline to score a try with the last move of an entertaining first half.
Before the forward pass, Newton were looking at a 33-12 lead, but instead found themselves 26-17 ahead at half time.
Not surprisingly the pace relented after the break but the action was still riveting. Forward pressure created Newton’s fifth try; an Ivybridge scrum on their line was disrupted and Luke Kenny
reacted quickest to the situation and sneaked over for a short-range touchdown that Rob Avery-Wright
Newton then had a spell of defending to do – which wasn’t helped by the yellow card departure of winger Max Snowdon
for a high tackle in the 62nd minute; however, Ivybridge didn’t score until Newton were back to their full complement.
The Bridge’s scrum half Ben Watts went in from the base of a ruck under the Newton posts giving replacement back Luke Martell the simplest of conversions.
This score in the 75th minute gave Ivybridge hope of more than just a point for four tries, but Newton closed the game out with two further scores.
banged over a penalty and the restart was run back from deep to put replacement winger Cameron Fogden
in for a corner try.
This, their seventh win from eight starts, keeps the “All Whites” firmly in second place behind unbeaten Dings. The gap between the frontrunneris is five points but Newton are eight points ahead of third placed Bournemouth who are due at Rackerhayes in December.
Next is a trip up the M5 to Weston Hornets, who currently are the basement club with only one win to their name. Fifth placed Maidenhead are at Rackerhayes on 11th November.
Saturday, the Spartans are at Bideford, whilst the Colts travel to Brixham.
While the 1st XV were seeing off Ivybridge at Rackerhayes, both the Spartans and Colts were winning on the road.
Newton’s second string strengthened their grip on the top spot of Devon Merit One thanks to a 13-7 win at second placed Ivybridge, who had won their opening five matches before losing their next two. A 62 nil defeat at the hands of Brixham was followed by a second loss at the hands of the Spartans in a tight game.
Ivybridge opened the scoring with an early converted try before visiting prop Martin Carrick peeled away from a driving maul to run in for a try from 15 metres.
Fly-half Steve Loder missed the conversion but put over a penalty to put his side 8-7 up at the turn.
The Spartans pack provided a try for their scrum half Kye Munslow. The No. 9 followed up behind a pushover scrum to dot down.
Once in the lead defence was the name of the game for the visitors who held out to record their seventh win from eight starts.
The Colts won 25-17 at Sidmouth where their backs put to good use the possession won by their hard working forwards. Fly half Josh Walker scored two tries while the other two tries were shared between the wingers Joe Darlow and Kurtis Frankish. Full back Henry Bunclark added a conversion and a penalty.