Brixham (v. Seaton, at Newton Abbot. Junior Cup final).
S. J. Couch; C. Lamswood, J. Jeffries, Lamswood, R. Friend; H. Morey, F. Fast; F. Silley, J. Morey. S. Maunders. W. Dodd, S. Johnson, S. Wilcox, T. Penny, F, Barrow.
Western Times - Saturday 27 March 1909
By four tries to nil, Brixham again secured possession of the Devon Junior Cup. and they thoroughly deserved their success. The game took place at Newton, before a good crowd, a large number of spectators accompanying both the Brixham and Seaton teams. The losers started in a manner that, seemed to promise a warm time for the fishermen, but they failed to keep it up and once Brixham got into their stride there was no holding them. They played a beautiful passing game, the combination between the backs being all that could be desired. Before the interval R. Lamswood, C. Lamswood. and Jefferys had scored unconverted tries after skilful handling. Seaton had the misfortune to lose one of their half-backs (T. Rodgers). but Brixham, with fine sportsmanship, allowed them to bring in a substitute in the second half. The forwards played a hard game after the interval, their dribbling being excellent up to tho finishing point, and there it failed through bad judgment. Several times they had chances of turning it to account, but their inability to keep cool spoilt them. Their bustling tactics, however, threw Brixham off their game until close on time, and then the latter again got their passing machinery in motion, with the result that Friend added another pretty try. For a cup match, play was considerably above the average, and those who witnessed it had their moneys worth. The Seaton team had a grand reception on their return Saturday evening, despite the fact that they were beaten. On their arrival the Seaton Band met them, and played them to the headquarters, when short congratulatory speeches were made and. cheers given for the team, the Captain, and the Hon. Secretary. Some hundreds of supporters and friends were present in the Square.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 29 March 1909
JUNIOR CUP FINAL
Brixham v Seaton at Newton Abbot
This match was played at Newton, Saturday, before a good gate. Seaton brought 100 and Brixham nearly 500 supporters. Seaton, through various reasons had to remodel their team, but Brixham were at full strength, except that W Friend took the place of Banner in the forwards. The Brixham mascot, a teddy bear, occupied a position on the stand. Mr. A. D. Judd refereed. Brixham kicked off, and the visitors who were much the heavier team, attacked through footwork. The South Devon men were penned on their own line, and were eventually forced to save. Play settled in Brixham's 25, until R. Friend broke away to the visitors' 25, where an opponent marked. G Rogers cleverly intercepted, but failed to regain the ball on the rebound, and a kick sent Seaton back to the centre. A Brixham rush to the line was stopped by A. Real, the forwards rushing for the Brixham 25. Brixham returned to the Seaton line, and J. Lambswood received. He cleverly tricked the defence, and scored, the kick failing. Brixham were quicker to seize opportunities, whilst Seaton were slow and lacked finish. From a capital round of passing, in which all the outside men handled, Lambswood again scored for Brixham, the kick failing. Seaton, by footwork, got on the attack, and lost a good position by their slowness. A mark gained Brixham little ground, but Silley, with a capital dribble, toed to the Seaton line. R. Hooper, with a clear field, just failed to take on the rebound, and Brixham got again on the attack. Seaton relieved to midfield by rushes. T. Rogers was injured, and had tc be carried off. Brixham now scored again through C. Lambswood, the ball passing through the hands of eight men. The place kick failed Brixham were still pressing when the whistle sounded for halftime, and the score was:
Brixham 3 tries Seaton Nil
The "Dreadnought" Chorus, led by a well-known Exeter Conservative from the Stand, amused the crowd during the interval. On the restart it was seen that Cawley had taken the place of Rogers by the courtesy of the Brixhamites. J. Lambswood secured from the start, and passing saw Friend miss with an open goal, the ball going dead. Brixham were doing some clever outside work, and C. Lambswood was all but over when he was brought down. A free kick to Seaton on their own line was charged down, and they were fortunate to escape with a save. By loose play the East Devon men got away, and Brixham were forced to save. Offside lost Seaton their position, Couch eventually getting the ball away to touch at the centre. Pretty passing work by Brixham, who were getting the ball every time, kept them on the attack, until a Seaton forward luckily kicked through, but Fast relieved under pressure. Nothing daunted, Seaton returned to the attack, and they certainly during this half worried the Brixham defence considerably, their forward work being very good, but they lost numerous chances of scoring. Brixham eventually opened out, and Friend scored, but the extra points were not added
Result: Brixham 12pts. Seaton Nil
BRIXHAM'S WELCOME HOME.
The Brixham team received an enthusiastic reception on arriving home. The Military and Excelsior Bands, and a conveyance were at at the G.W.K. Station. A procession was formed, and paraded the principal streets, which were densely lined with people. At the Bolton Cross the united bands played "See, the Conquering Hero Comes." The keenest of enthusiasm prevailed, over a thousand people being present, despite the heavy downpour of rain. Mr. H. M. Smerdon thanked the crowd for their hearty reception. Cheers were lustily raised for the Brixham and Seaton players.
Western Times - Monday 29 March 1909