The season got underway for real today with an away trip to Plymouth for a new look North Tawton team who with four players making their debut for the Tawts and confidence high after a good win against Tavistock were looking for an away win to get their season off to a flyer . From the kick off North Tawton showed real intent and were on every loose ball pushing the home team well back in their own half of the field, with some good handling skills from the backs Jack Phare starting at no 14 wasted no time in going over the try line for the first of what turned out to be 7 trys in todays total, the conversion was added by one of the new boys Gary Sizmur , barely started and the Tawts are 7 nil up . The North Tawton side in full flow from the restart are running at what seems to be a shell shocked OPM side and a delightful cross field kick from no 10 Ryan Goss is gratefully caught by Matt Baker who touches it down for the 2nd try with the kick missed takes the score to 12 0 with 14 minutes gone At this stage of the game it all looks so easy for the tawts and with another of the debutants Simon Cox making some good breaks cutting well into the OPM defence line it .wasn't long before Gary Sizmur gets good ball and goes over for his first try for the Tawts 17 0 no kick added .
A long team talk under the posts from the OPM kept the away side waiting for a restart but the way things were unfolding for them it was probably needed and to be fair it did make a difference and with a successful penalty kick giving them their first points of the match and also some much needed confidence .A North Tawton team with their tails up were having none of it and the new scrum half Jack Davey with some quick thinking and handling skills dots down for his first try for his new team another missed kick taking the score further away from the home team score now 3 22 . We now got the pattern for the next phase of the match keep the ball in hand keep the pressure on jump on any loose ball and run at them two more trys for the tawts before the ref blows the whistle for half time Simon Cox with his first for the club and not to be out done by all these newbies captain Craig Dennis gets a good un right under the posts, this with more missed kicks takes the tawts to 34 but with a good reminder it takes two to make a match the OPM get their first try with a well worked move of their own half time score 8 34 The second half starts with an OPM side determined to get back in this match and they soon have a second try with the conversion added bring them at 15 34 renewed hope they could still yet get something out of this game the pattern was changing its the OPM on the front foot pinning the tawts back for long periods North Tawtons turn to defend but they did Si Quick comes off the bench to add a fresh pair of legs Jack Phare takes up the scrum half duties with the other jack having taken a knock and bit by bit the tawts start to get back on top cos make no mistake if the OPM had added a 3rd try in this period it could have been a nervy finish for the travelling faithful.
Craig Dennis is the new club captain this year stepping in to some big boots to fill but if leading by example is a must Craig will be there never stopped all day and put the game to bed with his second try of the match giving us the final score of 15 39 .
All in all this was a very good showing by the Tawts and promises well for the season ahead competition for places is surly going to increase with all the debutants more than playing their part in a bonus point away win Man of the Match was Matt Baker always never far away next week match home V Old Techs