CAMBORNE 35 BRIDGWATER & ALBION 0
Camborne gained revenge for their early season Tribute South West One defeat 14-0 up in Somerset with this comprehensive win against Bridgwater & Albion at a wind-swept Recreation Ground, reports Bill Hooper.
Camborne skipper Steve Kenward elected to play into the wind during the first-half, which looked to be a shrewd move as his side reached half-time with a 6-0 advantage.
The Cherry and Whites looked to be in control throughout with No.8 Dave Roberts having a fine game throughout as well as scoring two excellent tries, whilst in the backs full-back Joe Parma was a constant threat.
However, their control was almost undone in the first half when from a mistake Bridgwater & Albion winger Nick Francis almost made the line for an opening score after 19 minutes, only to be denied by some last-ditch defending by the home side, which saw flanker Cameron Bone yellow carded for a professional foul.
Instead, it was Camborne who opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when scrum-half Dave Mankee kicked a well-judged penalty into the wind.
Roberts made a tremendous break into the visitor’s twenty-two, which was taken on by centre James Briant but winger Alex Ducker, in plenty of space, couldn’t hold on to the long pass and the chance went begging.
On half-time Mankee kicked a second penalty following a sustained period of Camborne pressure, which saw Bridgwater & Albion reduced to fourteen men as centre Will Kerry paid the price for his side’s persistent infringing.
Camborne couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the second half as Parma broke the cover to score his side’s first try on 42 minutes.
The Cherry and Whites kept the pressure on their visitors with Roberts making the most of playing out wide to score the first of his two tries in the scoreboard corner on 58 minutes.
Mankee couldn’t convert the first two scores but he was on target on 60 minutes when he added the extras to winger Rob Floyd’s breakaway try.
With the gloom gathering and the rain driving in, Camborne went in search of the bonus point score, it was fitting that it was Roberts who claimed the try from under a pile of bodies as Camborne drove over the line, Mankee’s conversion bringing up the thirty points mark.
Near the end Floyd got his second try of the match to complete the scoring and give the Cherry and Whites supporters some early Christmas cheer as the league program takes a break until the New Year.
Camborne will next be in action on Boxing Day when they host old rivals Redruth in the Rodda’s Milk Cup. Kick-off at the Recreation Ground will be 2-30 pm.
Camborne: J Parma, R Floyd, J Briant, S Kenward (Capt), A Ducker, G Thirlby, D Mankee; N Endean, S Bartle, L Hocking, J Griffiths, B Kemp, J Goldsworthy, C Bone, D Roberts.
Replacements (all used): J Jackson, G Hall, W Webster
Tries, Parma, Roberts (2), Floyd (2), Conversions, Mankee (2), Penalties, Mankee (2)
Bridgwater & Albion: S Knights, J Clarke, R Allen, W Kerry, N Francis, S Heal, R Drabble; G Sanders, O Dunn, J Bussell, D Page-Simmons, M Northey, D Kemmish (Capt), G Sluman, T Buller.
Replacements (all used): S Woolford, B Webb, S Martin
Referee: Ryan Cook (Cornwall R.R.S.)