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Martyn Worthington says third successive Devon Senior Cup final is for Brixham's loyal supporters!

1 year ago By Emily Irvine

BRIXHAM player-coach Martyn Worthington wants to dedicate the looming Devon Senior Cup final to the club's supporters!

BRIXHAM player-coach Martyn Worthington wants to dedicate the looming Devon Senior Cup final to the club's supporters after a storming 38-25 win over Ivybridge put them there.

The Fishermen are on their way to a third successive Devon Cup final against either Okehampton or Bideford, whose semi-final has been delayed until Easter Saturday.

Having won at Newton Abbot in 2015, and lost at Exmouth last term, Brixham will be at home in the April 29 final.

Worthington said the club's focus from now on will be on winning the cup and giving their supporters something to celebrate.

"We are a very well supported club and had a another good turnout on Saturday for the Devon derby," said Worthington.

"The Devon Cup is something special to Brixham, not just the players but the spectators as well.

"I want us to give something back to our loyal supporters by winning the cup in front of them. They deserve it."

Brixham and Ivybridge were playing again having met in the National Three South West division seven days earlier, with a different outcome.

Worthington said Brixham learned a few things from losing to Ivybridge in the league, but nothing that required major changes to the game plan.

"A cup game is a different animal to a league match and you have a different attitude to it – especially at Brixham where the cup is so highly valued," said Worthington.

"We knew Ivybridge would be clinical about punishing us if we made errors, so we tried to cut them down to the absolute minimum.

"Our game plan was much the same, although we found another five per cent from somewhere, which was significant.

"Ivybridge are a quality side and when two good teams meet each other as they did on Saturday it is all about fine margins making the difference.

"Five per cent was massive in the context of a tight game."

It didn't start well for Brixham, who were 10-0 down in no time at all and had some catching up to do.

By half time Brixham were 17-13 up and it was what happened next that helped put them in control of the game.

Ivybridge sustained two yellow cards in quick succession and before they got back to 15 men on the field had conceded two converted tries.

How important those 14 points were was brought home in the last 10 minutes when Ivybridge came roaring back.

Brixham went down to 14 then 13 men in the last five minutes and while they were short handed Ivybridge scored two tries and converted one to leave 13 points unaccounted for.

Brixham's first-half try scorers were Adam Thomas (for the second game running), and Dom Connor. Ben Lovell converted both and a penalty.

Skipper Thomas doesn't score many tries from the second row, but Worthington said that might be about to change.

"He is a big lad and give him the ball five metres out and he will take some stopping," said Worthington.

After the break there were tries for Joe Lovell, Mark Kotescky and Kyle Cane. Ben Lovell converted all the tries and added a penalty.

On a good day in all departments for Brixham the Colts XV defeated Stonehouse Sharks 41-7 in the Devon Plate to book an appearance in the final against Plymstock at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park stadium on April 23.

Updated 14:18 - 19 Jun 2018 by David Peck


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