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26th January 2019  Bracknell 23  Brixham 19
A third defeat on the run - and a losing bonus point for the third time too!  Report from the Bracknell website:
Brixham kicked off playing towards the clubhouse in the first half. Brixham would be quickly reduced in numbers, number eight Sam Thomas being sent to the sin bin after 4 minutes. This did not affect Brixham as they would dominate the early stages. This early domination was rewarded after 12 minutes with a try from full back Connor Bedwell.
A rare venture into Brixham territory earned Bracknell three points through the boot of Vic Hardwicke before centre Tom McLean breezed though the Bracknell defensive line to score under the Bracknell posts. Conversion from Mitch Pinkus was successful.
A further Vic Hardwicke penalty cut Brixham’s lead with quarter of an hour of the half remaining.
A Brixham line out was stolen by George Cotterell (on for the injured Jamie Johnson), breaking up the pitch Bracknell were awarded a penalty having trapped Brixham off side at a ruck. A quick tap penalty by Ian Birch caught Brixham off guard and he was able to score next to the Brixham uprights. The conversion from Vic Hardwicke completed the Bracknell comeback, giving Bracknell a surprise half time lead.
Half time: Bracknell 13 Brixham 12
Bracknell, now attacking towards the clubhouse, started the half well. A driving maul off a line out in the Brixham 22 saw George Cotterell dot down with just under five minutes of the half gone. The conversion was expertly converted by Vic Hardwicke from out wide.
On the ten minute mark, Brixham were on the wrong side of referee Zerren Bell when they were reduced in numbers again.
Now back to full strength, a Brixham attack saw Mitch Pinkus dance through the Bracknell defence. He converted his own try to cut Bracknell’s lead to just one point with half of the second half still remaining.
From a break in to Brixham territory Bracknell were awarded a penalty in front of the Brixham posts when Paul Studd was tackled without the ball. Vic Hardwicke success with the boot gave Bracknell three more points.
For the final five minutes Brixham were encamped in the Bracknell 22, going through phase after phase they attacked the Bracknell line but could not find the break that would have won them the match. A final Brixham knock on, allowed Bracknell to kick the ball out from a scrum and bring the game to an end (finally!).
19th January 2019  Brixham 18  Bournemouth 20
So near - and yet so far!

12th January 2019  Barnstaple 22  Brixham 17
From the Independent January 13 2019
Barum took the spoils in this keenly-contested Devon derby, but it was a close-run thing.
With four minutes to go Barum led by a point and were glad of a try by Danny Southworth that Jake Murphy converted for making the game safe.
Even then there was no respite as Brixham came back with a Mitch Pinkus penalty to earn themselves a losing bonus point.
Brixham had started brightly with a try in the flrst minute for centre Harrison Cully. Pinkus converted.
Barum did not hang about trimming the lead with a try in reply by Will Topps.
Six minutes later Luke Berry strode in to put Barum ahead and Murphy made it 12-7 with the conyereion shot.
Cully's second try on 31 minutes was converted by Pinkus for a 14-12 Brixham lead at the break.
After the interval Brixham had JP Simonetti the Kyle Cane sin-binned. While the latter was off Barum took the lead with a Murphy penalty.
And that is how it stayed until Southworth's late try.
6th January 2019  Brixham 70  Old Patesians 29
Eleven tries for Brixham as the seasonal decorations were coming down.
22nd December 2018  Newton Abbot 22  Brixham 22
Report to follow ...
8th December 2018  Brixham 12  Ivybridge 13
The end of the first half of the season brought Ivybridge to Astley Park for a typical local derby – full of passion and with the result in doubt to the very end.
The strong wind blowing down the pitch was always going to be an important factor and Brixham had it in the first half.  Two penalties from the boot of Mitch Pinkus in the first five minutes gave the Fishermen an early lead.
A third penalty followed when the Ivy captain queried a refereeing decision and Brixham should have scored a try after Harrrison Cully broke through in front of the grandstand.  Unfortunately the final pass went astray.
In the 27th minute Brixham extended their lead to twelve points with a penalty from Pinkus but were having difficulty breaking through the Bridgers defensive line and the driving rain that had now swept in was making conditions difficult.
Brixham carried the 12-0 lead to the interval but the question was whether this would be enough to defend with the visitors having both wind and slope in their favour.
AS expected Brixham were soon on the back foot.  Ivybridge missed a penalty that would have got them on the scoreboard and then had a try disallowed – held up over the line.  Further attacks by Ivybridge brought another penalty and they were rewarded with a successful kick.
With the visitors dominating territorially Brixham were mostly defending and attempting to gain yards the hard way – with multiple phases of possession – made little headway.
With just over 15 minutes to play Ivbridge missed a second penalty.  Almost ten minutes of play later culminated in a lineout for the visitors – the catch and drive brought a converted try and the Brixham lead down to just two points.
With time running out a long series of phases took Brixham upfield but eventually possession returned to the visitors and a long kick put them back into an attacking position.  Two minutes of attacking the Brixham line went unrewarded  and eventually they tried a backs move.  It was so nearly intercepted by Brixham but resulted in a penalty for deliberate knock-on.
The last kick of the match succeeded.  Despite the resoluteness of the Brixham defence it had not been able to defend the lead but it was a close run thing.
1st December 2018  Exmouth 26  Brixham 37
From the Independent December 2, 2018
Brixham got off to a Le Mans start and there was no catching them.
The Fishennen were 24-0 up after 15 minutes with the four-try bonus point safely stashed.
Exmouth had a better second half after turning round 27-7 down, but had too much to do against a side in its comfort zone by then.
Tom Goodman winged in for Brixham ton after three minutes, followed by Connor Bedwell for two in a row, then Jess Lowe on the other wing.
Mitch Pinkus added two goals and a penalty before the break.
Mark Wathes strode over for an Exmouth try that Tom Whelan converted before Harrison Cully, with a try, and Pinkus, with a couple of kicks, stretched the Brixham lead.
Two tries for Jack Fahy and a penalty try at scrum time got Exmouth into bonus -point territory.

24th November 2018  Brixham 22  Exeter University 10
Report to follow ..

17th November 2018  Drybrook 24  Brixham 33
Brixham's first ever match against Drybrook in the Forest of Dean brought a victory that cements their mid-table position.
Brixham made much of the running in the early stages and deservedly took the lead when Jesse Lowe spotted a gap in midfield and broke the defensive line.  He still had work to do and the cover defence was evaded before he touched down between the posts.
The lead was extended when Tom Goodman crossed in the corner after a move that covered the width of the pitch and a third try added to the Foresters' woe.  A scrum close to the home line provided the opportunity for No 8 Sam Thomas - his power took him past the defence to ground just by the corner flag.
Drybrook had got on the scoreboard with a penalty goal but at the break trailed 19-3.
After the restart the homesters got a converted try back and Brixham knew that the game was one they could still lose.  A fourth try eased the pressure and secured a bonus point.  A clearance kick by Drybrook failed to make touch instead landing in the arms of Pierce Bryers who set up off along the touchline.  With little support around him and tackler closing in he put in a deft kick through which Lowe scooped up before heading for the posts.
A fifth try extended the Fishermens lead.  After pressure in the right hand corner failed to break through the ball went out and full-back Conner Bedwell broke through.  His route to the whitewash was ended with a tackle a metre out but the ball was popped up into the hand of prop Matt Skeet for an easy try.
The conversions by Mitch Pinkus took the Brixham lead to 33-10 but Drybrook pressed strongly in the closing stages and two converted tries had Brixham nerves jangling.  Brixham shut them out to the final whistle.
3rd November 2018  Brixham 46  Cleve 17
The counter attraction of England taking on the Springboks had its anticipated impact on the crowd at Astley Park.
With both teams in mid-table this was expected to be a tough encounter with both needing a win to avoid falling into the relegation mix.  Brixham started by playing uphill.
The first scoring opportunity fell to the visitors but their third minute penalty attempt was sent wide by the strong crossfield wind.  Brixham weathered the early Cleve assaults and ten minutes later created their own first chance but centre JP Simonetti was bundled into touch just 5 metres from the line.  From the lineout Brixham stole the ball and while they got it over the whitewash it was held up.  The ensuing scrum led to the Cleve defence penalised and Mitch Pinkus converted the penalty to put Brixham ahead.
From the restart the visitors were back on the attack.  Brixham held out but when they attempted to run the ball out of defence came unstuck.  A short pass was intercepted and the guests ran through for a try and the lead.
Brixham regained the lead a few minutes later when No 8 Sam Thomas broke off a scrum to power his way over the line from ten metres out.  Pinkus added the conversion.
Two minutes later the second Brixham try followed.  Russ Morris made a typical run in midfield, the ball went wide on the right and two pairs of hands later fell to lock Pierce Bryers who went over in the corner for a try on his Brixham debut.  The conversion failed.
Cleve were not at Astley Park just to make up the numbers and the last ten minutes of the first half saw them testing the home defences.  Like Brixham they had a try disallowed – held up – but made up for the disappointment with a converted try in Mudstone corner just after.
Pinkus had a shot at a long range penalty just before the break but missed and Brixham had to settle for a 15-10 lead at the interval.
The opening ten minutes of the second half featured attempts by both sides to break the opponents’ defences but to no avail and play was largely in the centre of the field.  A flash of genius was required and was provided by Tom Maclean whose angled run took him through the defence and, evading his chasers, down to Mudstone corner for a try.
Two minutes later and Ed Goodman showed a similar flash when he broke clear from a lineout  and raced through to score under the posts with the defence nowhere.  Pinkus converted and Brixham led 27-10 with a 4-try bonus point in the bag.
The fifth try was not long in coming.  Three minutes later Brixham were attacking but with seemingly nothing “on” Pinkus deftly put in a little grubber kick and Conner Bedwell won the race to score.  Pinkus converted to extend the lead.
A succession of phases of attacking by Cleve now fully tested the Brixham defence and Brixham suffered with a yellow card.  All the visitors’ effort went unrewarded.  Pinkus’ kicking earned Brixham some respite.
With just eight minutes left to play Cleve were attacking once more.  Unfortunately for them the ball went loose in a tackle on the halfway line.  A fly hack sent it towards Mudstone corner and the contest for the ball was won by Simonetti who only had to roll over to touch down.
After the restart Brixham launched their first concerted attacking spell for some time – the end result being a try under the posts for Russ Morris – with most of the Cleve defence left in his wake. Pinkus converted easily.
In the five minutes remaining, plus injury time, Cleve were again on the front foot  A converted try was the least they deserved for their efforts but a fourth try (and bonus point) eluded them.

27th October 2018  Camborne 32  Brixham 14
From the Independent October 28, 2018
Camborne ended a run of defeats with victory over visiting Brixham in a free-flowing encounter that the Cherry & Whites dominated for long periods.
Before kick-off both teams stood in silence as the Last Post sounded to commemorate the fallen in the Great War and the designation of the Rec as a Centenary Field.
The home side then raced into a 12 pointlead in as many minutes ensuring they held the upper hand for the remainder of the game. First Tommy Southworth was driven over from a close range catch-and-
drive which David Mankee converted and soon after relentless pressure ended when outstanding centre Josh Semmens sliced through to dot down wide out.
Camborne failed to capitalise on a number of good chances to extend their advantage before the break with Brixham's attacking opportunities limited despite the efforts of industrious No 8 Sam Thomas.
Straight from the second-half resumption Camborne attacked hard down the slope and hooker Southworth was again on the back of a maul that drove over to touchdown for 17-0.
Going into the final quarter the spirited visitors came to life with a quickfire brace of tries from flanker Kyle Cane, the second from a superb length of the field move. Fly-half Mitch Pinkus added the extras to
both to cut the deflcit to only three points.
Mankee quickly doubled the home lead with a 40-metre penaltv before the Cherry & Whites went 6ut of sight with the bonus point try as Southworth completed his hat-trick when the forwards drove over once more.
Despite being down 25-14 Brixham went in search of the bonus point late on but home wing Declan Matthews picked off an interception to storm 60 metres downfield to slide over. Centre Jake Champion
slotted the conversion to wrap up the victory.
20th October 2018  Weston-s-Mare 23  Brixham 27
Report to follow

7th October  Brixham 25  Bracknell 10
A hard-fought tussle at Astley Park saw Brixham bounce back from last week’s disappointment at Bournemouth.  The rain had eased but a strong north-easterly wind made conditions difficult.
Brixham had the opportunity to take the lead in the tenth minute but the penalty went wide in the blustery wind.  Try scoring opportunities were thwarted by the visitors’ defence but in the 17th minute centre Harrison Cully made a breakthrough.  Receiving the ball in his own half he went through a gap and proceeded to evade other tacklers on his way to the posts and a touchdown.
Mitch Pinkus slotted the conversion but the Brixham lead was short-lived.  From the restart Bracknell soon recovered the ball and sent their winger off towards Mudstone corner.  He did not make it but his offload was good and a converted try under the posts was the result.
Play was even for a period but with the first half coming to an end Brixham scored a second try.  A strong run by winger Tom Maclean stretched the defence and two phases later full-back Conner Bedwell came into the line to go through to score.  Pinkus again converted.
This time there was no immediate retaliation and Brixham were back on the attack.  When No 8 Sam Thomas was brought down 5 metres from the line Bracknell were penalised and Pinkus collected the points.  Bracknell struck back with a penalty before the break and turned around 17-10 behind.
In the third quarter Bracknell did much of the attacking and while Brixham had their moments were struggling to impose themselves on the game.  The visitors should have levelled the scores when their backs went through – only for the final pass to be knocked on.  Not only did they fail to score but in the ensuing melee a punch cost them a centre as we was red-carded.
Brixham went downfield and scored a penalty to extend their lead with fifteen minutes to play but Bracknell continued to have somewhat the better of the play and Brixham were restricted to breakouts from defence.  With time running out Cully made such a run and the end result was a penalty to Brixham.  A kick to the corner for a lineout catch and drive was the chosen option.
The line out was secured; Bracknell stopped the initial drive but could not withstand the Brixham response and the pack trundled over for a try by hooker Chey Bryce.
In added time Brixham thought they had the fourth, bonus point, try when Cully and Bedwell combined to go down the touchline in front of the grandstand.  The final pass went astray but the referee had already spotted a forward pass so it mattered little.
29th September 2018  Bournemouth 34  Brixham 3
From the Independent September 30, 2018
No surprises at Chapel Gate where leaders Bournemouth comfortably dealt with a Brixham side in the bottom half of the table.
Karim Lynch kicked Bournemouth ahead with a third minute penalty, canceiled out almost immediately by Brixham stand-off Joel Ashworth.
Midway through the half Bournemouth attacked from a penalty in their own half and scrum-half Sam Hardcastle dotted down for full-back Lynch to convert.
Ten minutes later Bournemouth extended their lead when hooker Joe Tarrant went over and Lynch converted for 17=3.
Both sides went a man down in the 10 minutes to half time as Brixham's Jordan Watson and Bournemouth,s Jack Hennings took separate trips to the sin_bin.
Bournemouth extended their lead early in the second half with a try for flanker Alan Manning.
Adam Higgins scored the bonus point try on the hour and at 29-3 with the conversion it was game over.
Bournemouth's fifth and final try was scored with four minutes to go by Mike Haines in the centre.

22nd September 2018  Brixham 19  Barnstaple 28
The driving rain on Saturday did nothing for the game.  Barnstaple, with players who were used to playing in the level above, were always going to be a tough nut to crack; and so it proved.
Playing down the slope, and into the wind, the visitors were on the attack from the kick-off and took the lead in just two minutes with a penalty goal.  A second penalty on the quarter hour mark extended their lead and with their large pack dominating proceedings Barum were well set.
Having gone behind, Brixham settled down and after a number of attacks Brixham got their noses in front.  A powerful run from No 8 Sam Thomas broke the defensive line; his loopy pass found scrum-half Jamie Hext who juggled and caught it before touching down for the opening try.  Conner Bedwell added the extras.
This was a high point for Brixham.  Barnstaple used their large pack to good advantage and for the remainder of the first half had Brixham on the defensive.  They got close to the try line on several occasions and Brixham’s concession of penalties enable them to maintain the pressure.  Brixham lost one man to the sin-bin but the defence still held.  The loss of a second on the stroke of halftime was too much and Barnstaple regained the lead with a converted try.
After the restart Brixham fared better but a second try for Barum extended their advantage.  Unusually, the conversion attempt was charged down.  Brixham continued to make occasional attacks but the visitors coped well with the pressure and used the wind at their backs to make good ground with clearances.  Barnstaple went further ahead with a long range penalty but from this point on Brixham came back into the game.
A series of assaults on the visitors’ line took flanker Joe Lovell over it but the referee ruled out the try.  A yellow card for Barnstaple and a penalty for Brixham was the decision.  A minute later in almost the identical spot and Lovell could celebrate his try.  Bedwell again converted and Brixham were back in the game.
Barnstaple were stung.  They went upfield and resumed their assault on the Brixham line.  After a series of scrums at close range they claimed their third try and a conversion.
With ten minutes left to play Brixham could gain a losing bonus point with a converted try; Barnstaple could gain one with a fourth try.  Both sides had something to play for and Brixham did everything they could.  When all other options seemed to have failed them a neat crossfield kick by Joel Ashworth was collected on the touchline by fullback Bedwell to score the try Brixham needed.  Unfortunately, into the wind, his conversion failed and the final curtain fell on a disappointing day for the Fishermen.

15th September 2018  Old Patesians 13  Brixham 40
From the Independent September 16, 2018
Connor Bedwell and Harrison Culley scored two tries each as Brixham condemned Pats to a third straight defeat.
Pats shot into the lead on seven minutes when scrum-half Tom Knight tapped a penalty and ran over the line. Ollie Ahearne converted.
The lead did not last long as Brixham attacked through the forwards to get in position then moved the ball away from a line-out for Harrison Culley to cross. Mitch Pinkus leveled it with the kick.
Brixham had opportunities to get ahead but could not finish them off.  When Pats attacked at the other end, Brixham's back-foot defence was wobbly and allowed Olly and James Ahearne to kick a penalty each for a 13-7 lead, Five minutes before half time Brixham got ahead by shifting the ball from a line-out to BedweII, who crossed in the corner. Pinkus converted from out wide. In the time left before the break there was still time for Culley to score his second try and for Pinkus to add the goal points.
Brixham pulled away early in the second half courtesy of tries from Joe Lovell and a 70-metre breakaway by Bedwell.  Pinkus converted one.
Despite going down to 14 men when KyIe Cane was binned-off, Brixham went further ahead with a try from Sam Thomas, who brushed off two tacklers. Pinkus brought up 40 points with the kick.

2nd September 2018  Brixham 44  Newton Abbot 13
A local derby for the first home League match of the season brought Newton Abbot to Astley Park. Brixham had somewhat the better of the play in the opening period and took the lead when stand-off Mitch Pinkus scored a penalty.  Newton’s vaunted back line failed to make much impression on the Fishermen’s defence but two penalties put them ahead by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter, scorewise, belonged entirely to Brixham.  After a lineout catch and drive made little progress scrum-half Jamie Hext spotted a gap on the fringes and touched down for a try.  The conversion was missed but Brixham had the momentum and a second try followed soon after.  A quick pass to centre JP Simonetti wrong-footed the Newton defence and his run took him through three defenders to go over under the posts.  An easy conversion for Pinkus extended the Brixham lead.
The Fishermen continued to press and Newton were beginning to feel the strain.  A high tackle cost them a man to the sin-bin and the penalty added three points to the Brixham tally.  Before the break another seven were added – Brixham No 8 Sam Thomas touched down for a try under the posts; Pinkus converted.
Trailing by 25 points to 6, Newton knew they faced a struggle to get anything out of the game in the second half but they had the wind and slope in their favour.  Six minutes into the period their task got greater.  Brixham attacked in midfield and though there was a hint of a knock-on the ball went to full-back Connor Bedwell.  His run sucked in defenders and winger Jesse Lowe had space on the wing.  When he was brought down Hext was on hand to take the ball the final ten metres to the try-line.
The All Whites were down, but not out, and midway through the half a spell of forward pressure was rewarded with a converted try for the visitors.  This was to be the only chink they found in the Brixham defence, however and two converted tries for Brixham in the final stages provided the icing on the cake for the vociferous home crowd.
Both tries were scored by Bedwell; the first from a neat crossfield kick by Pinkus which Bedwell did well to pick up and run in almost unopposed.  He had to work a little harder for the second.  It came from a Newton dropped ball and Bedwell had to run three-quarters of the length of the pitch, in front of the grandstand before touching down.

1st September 2018  Maidenhead 46  Brixham 28
From the Independent September 2, 2018
Maidenhead were on the board after four minutes with a flrst drive-over try for No.8 Dave Cole. Midway through the half Maidenhead stole Brixham's ball at scrum time and drove over from five metres for Cole to claim his second try. Ed Keohane, the former University of Exeter stand-off, knocked over the extra points for a 12-0 lead. Five minutes later Brixham capitalised on slipshod Maids' tackling for James McFarlane to go in for a try. Connor Bedwell kicked the conversion. With half-time looming Brixham infringed in front of their posts and Keohane took the three points on offer. There was time for Maids to add a fourth try and claim a bonus point before the break: Eric Blewitt the scorer after the ref played advantage for a knock-on by Brixham.  
Keohane potted a penalty for an offence on the floor as Brixham struggled in the loose. The Fisherrnen got a second try back from a pick-and-go move - Mc-Farlane again - that left them 25-14 down when the Bedwell conversion went over. A second Blewitt try, converted by Adam Lubbock, killed off any Brixham comeback. Cole completed his hat-trick from another scrum and the conversion went over via the woodwork. Maids completed the scoring with a try from Andy Berry.  Brixham were now looking for a bonus point and upped the effort to get it with two late tries, both scored by Jamie Hext.

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