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Sept

6th

Old Redcliffians

A

 

13th

Oxford Harlequins

H

 

20th

postponed to Nov 29th

 
 

27th

Exmouth

H

Oct

4th

Barnstaple

A

 

11th

Bournemouth

H

 

18th

Weston-s-Mare

A

 

25th

Chard

A

Nov

1st

Bracknell

H

 

8th

   
 

15th

Hornets

A

 

22nd

Newton Abbot

H

 

29th

Redingensians

A

Dec

6th

Old Centralians

A

 

13th

Old Patesians

H

 

20th

Oxford Harlequins

A

September 27th 2014 BRIXHAM 29 EXMOUTH 31
Cockles are not a staple of the Brixham fishing industry and the Fishermen failed to land any at Astley Park on Saturday. Exmouth won the game in a nail-biting finale that had their coach Jon Hill doing a celebratory cartwheel on the pitch at the end.
Brixham went off at high speed and rattled the Cockes' shells. Indiscipline cost the visitors two penalties in the first three minutes; Ben Lovell secured the points. Exmouth got one back but the Brixham lead was extended by another Brixham brace as matters got somewhat heated among the forwards. Hill was castigated by the referee for his "unhelpful comments" and the game proceeded.
Exmouth recovered their composure and reduced the deficit with two penalties of their own in quick succession. The kicking duel had to end and did so when the Exmouth pack were penalised at a scrum. Brixham took it quickly and swift hands took the ball along the backs for winger Dean Squires to cross in the corner. Lovell added the extras for a ten-point lead.
Brixham continued to press forward but when the ball was turned over in midfield the Exmouth backs found an opportunity to run the ball back. Unexpectedly slack defence let them in for a converted try.
Before the break prop Declan Sexton earned his first yellow card in Brixham colours and Exmouth slotted a penalty to level the scores at 19 each.
In the second half Exmouth came out fired up. With Brixham a man short they used their forwards to batter the defence. In the first minute they were denied a try when the ball was held up over the line. Continued pressure eventually resulted in the Cockles' second try and they had the lead for the first time in the match.
Exmouth were unable to dominate the Fishermen, however, and a spell of Brixham pressure midway through the half culminated in a penalty. Lovell landed his fifth of the afternoon and the arrears were reduced.
Five minutes later a strong run by centre Tom McLean broke the Exmouth defensive line and Matt Crosscombe was on hand to finish off. Lovell's conversion gave Brixham a three point lead with ten minutes remaining.
Exmouth reverted to plan B, using their forwards to gain ground and test the Brixham defensive wall. In the last minute they found a chink and grounded for a try. The conversion came back off the posts but they had the lead back.
Brixham had time to restart and won a scrum in the Exmouth 22. The attacking possibility was denied as the final whistle sounded - just as the forwards prepared for the final push. Relief and delight for the Exmothians; no shellfish platter for the Brixhamites.
Next week Brixham have another Devon derby - at Barnstaple.

September 13th 2014 BRIXHAM 30 OXFORD HARLEQUINS 15
The Fishermen continued their bright start to the season when they overcame a determined Oxford side in a pulsating game at Astley Park on Saturday.
Oxford won promotion as champions of SouthWest 1 East last season and heavily beat Bournemouth in their opening fixture. With ex-Tongan International Keni Fisilau coaching, and playing, for them they were sure to provide a stern test for Brixham.
After a tentative opening ten minutes Ben Lovell got the scoreboard moving with a penalty goal but this was followed by ten minutes of Oxford pressure. An equalising penalty concluded this period - from the restart Brixham were on the attack.
A sequence of attacks saw Brixham threatening the visitors' line. On the half-hour mark, with quick ball from an attacking scrum, outside-half Martin Worthington split the defence and put scrum-half Andy Sandercock in under the posts for the opening try. Lovell added the extras.
The remaining ten minutes of the half produced tit-for-tat play; Oxford having the edge in possession and territory.
From the opening whistle of the second half Oxford were determined to overturn the 10 points to three deficit and it took just two minutes to level the scores when they found space on the right wing.
The parity they gained was short-lived. Brixham attacked and from a ruck on the left, swift handling moved the ball to winger Jonny Brown to go over in the right corner.
Further attacking by Brixham went unrewarded; twice the referee denied their claims for tries. Undaunted, the attacking continued. A strong run by centre Tom McLean took him through the first defensive line. When he was brought down short of the line the ball was swiftly recycled and flanker Sam Thomas went over despite the efforts of four Quins players.
With a Lovell conversion Brixham now led 22-10 but with over twenty minutes to play it was by no means over and both sides attacked when the opportunity existed. Brixham still wanted a fourth try for a bonus point and when they won a scrum against the head on the Oxford 22 the opportunity seemed to be there.
The ball was spun out left but the final pass went awry. The Oxford winger plucked the ball up and scooted down the touchline for a try.
Four minutes later and an identical scrum in the same place. Brixham again took it and a long looped pass by Sandercock found Brown in space and the desired try.
Before the final whistle Lovell converted his second penalty and the Fishermen had found a safe harbour.

September 6th 2014 OLD REDCLIFFIANS 7 BRIXHAM 18
Old Reds home at Scotland Road in Bristol has never been a happy hunting ground for the Fishermen but on a sunny, hot and windless Saturday they overcame their bogey.
Knowing that they would be playing up the slope in the second half Brixham needed to establish an early lead. It soon became apparent that they had the edge in the scrums which they never lost. The hosts were penned back in the early stages and Brixham capitalised on their errors and lack of discipline.
Ben Lovell slotted two penalties in the first ten minutes to ease Brixham ahead and added a third soon after.
Throughout the first half Brixham had the territorial advantage but could find no way through the Reds defence. The hosts' rare attacks showed more potency but were held by the Brixham cover defence. Lovell added a fourth penalty - and was just wide with his fifth attempt - before the half-time whistle.
Reds had ended the first half by threatening the Brixham line and resumed the offensive in the opening stages of the second. With eight minutes of the half played they got their reward when their winger outstripped the defence to claim a try. The conversion left the Brixham lead at just five points.
More attacks by the homesters were held by the defence and Brixham mounted only rare forays into their half. With fifteen minutes left on the watch one attack resulted in a penalty on the halfway line. At the limits of his range Lovell stepped up to earn the three points and extend the Brixham lead.
Reds still fancied the game was theirs and the offensive pressure was stepped up. After a missed drop-goal attempt they failed with a fairly straightforward penalty and might have guessed that this was not going to be their day.
More attacking and Reds won a scrum in front of the posts. The Brixham pack drove them back in considerable style and earned a pressure-relieving penalty. Two minutes later Lovell had landed his sixth penalty to give the Fishermen an eleven point lead.
Brixham still had to hold out for another five minutes before the joy of the final whistle.
This was a hard fought match between two teams who both made mistakes and seemed lacking in match time. For Brixham a welcome victory and a good start to their third season in National 3 South-West.


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