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St Austell battle back to deny Camborne victory in promotion thriller

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

Camborne fly-half Grant Thirlby on the attack against St Austell

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Camborne 13 St Austell 13

The much anticipated Cornish derby in Tribute South West 1 West ended all square at Camborne, reports Bill Hooper from the Recreation Ground.

Whether it proves to be two points gained or two points lost for either of the sides in their push for promotion to the National Leagues remains to be seen, but both camps harboured disappointment at the final whistle that they couldn’t deliver a telling blow to pinch a precious win and keep the pressure on league leaders Cleve.

It was a typical Cornish derby full of passion with plenty of the physical dished out by both sides keeping referee Ryan Cook on his toes throughout. It was not a dirty game, just hard!

The Cherry and Whites got the first points after 10 minutes play a well-worked try saw full back Joe Parma put in at the West Bank corner following good work from hooker Sam Bartle and flanker George Hall.

Scrum-half David Mankee was unsuccessful with the conversion from wide out in the tricky wind.

No.8 Dave Roberts was almost in moments later as Camborne continued to dominate the early stages.

The second try wasn’t long in coming as Bartle was driven over from a catch-and-drive after 20 minutes for a second un-converted try.

From the re-start St. Austell were awarded a penalty allowing fly-half and skipper Matt Shepherd to reduce the deficit.

Both sides enjoyed possession and territory in the lead up to half time, but the only further scoring was a penalty right on the break for Camborne, which Mankee kicked for a 13-3 lead at the turn.

Playing down the slope second half St. Austell looked to dictate play and they got some early success with an un-converted try scored by full-back Dan Pearce in the West Bank corner with Shepherd and wing Ben Chenoweth prominent in the build up.

Mankee saw another penalty attempt sale wide of the posts before Saints were reduced to fourteen men when No.8 Adam Kellow was yellow carded for some silly play.

With time running out St. Austell threw the dice, a kick to the scoreboard corner saw a good possession for the Saints from the lineout and a powerful drive by flanker Paul Winterbottom for the second St. Austell try, which Shepherd converted from the 22 metre line to tie the scores.

There was a lengthy delay when Camborne centre Richie Kevern was felled by a high tackle and when play resumed both sides tried to conjure a score to snatch the win but it was not to be.

Camborne: J Parma, J Matavesi, R Kevern (L Chapple 78), S Kenward (Capt), A Ducker, G Thirlby, D Mankee; W Webster (N Endean 52), S Bartlett, L Hocking, J Griffiths (M Woolcock 58), B Kemp, G Hall, C Bone, D Roberts

Tries – Parma, Bartle, Penalty - Mankee

St. Austell: D Pearce, A Taylor, C Wilson, A Welland, B Chenoweth, M Shepherd (Capt), A Ashwin; H Noot, M Davey, M Martin, A Pearce, S Howorth, P Winterbottom, I Venner, A Kellow

Tries – D Pearce, Winterbottom, Penalty – Shepherd

Yellow Card – Kellow (67)

Replacements (unused): P Rowe, T Murley, J Grigg

Referee: Ryan Cook (C.R.R.S.)

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