Launceston slip to loss at St.Austell in difficult conditions
Josh Elias puts himself about in defence and Freddie Ward never gives up despite dubious refereeing decisions
Launceston travelled down to St.Austell with 14 players on a cold and very windy Sunday morning after heavy rain.
Launceston started playing into the wind and up the slope. There was good early pressure from Launceston and they worked their way into the St.Austell half. Good recycling and strong running from Kieran Bainbridge and Jack Goodman created good momentum and it looked as though Launceston were pushing for the first score.
However, a long kick and chase from the St.Austell fly half bounced off the corner flag and created a great attacking position for the home team. From the lineout they spread the ball across the pitch and scored on the left against the run of play. 5-0
Launceston battled into the wind and good work around the breakdown enabled them to make good ground. Freddie Ward and Billy Martin dominated the breakdown and Kane Clements carried with real strength. With St.Austell infringing and Launceston dominating Kieran Bainbridge crashed over. 5-7
From the kick off the ball went deep and St.Austell turned the ball over and scored under the posts. 12-7
Launceston worked hard against the wind and moved the ball around to vary the play. Sam Jago and Olly Tomkies were pulling the strings and the forwards were creating a good platform. Josh Elias made some outstanding tackles and Josh Brown was busy as ever after strong play up the right he crashed over but was held up.
Launceston forwards pushed again and Jack Goodman crashed over just before half time. 12-12
The mood was positive at half time as the boys had the better opportunities in the first half and were playing with a strong wind behind them in the second half.
However, a change of referee had a really negative effect on the game. Launceston were repeatedly penalised at the breakdown and St.Austell took advantage. They scored a try on the right to give them the lead. 19-12
A great run out of defence from Sam Jago gave Launceston a sniff but they couldn't take the points. Dubious refereein0g decisions allowed St.Austell to gain ground and two further tries were scored. 31-12
A game played in difficult conditions which Launceston could and should have won.