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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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