South West Premier league win
By David Peck
A local derby for the first home League match of the season brought Newton Abbot to Astley Park.
Brixham 44 Newton Abbot 13
Match report: Philip Wills
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 Mitch 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; Mitch 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 Jamie 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 Connor Bedwell; the first from a neat crossfield kick by Mitch 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.