Classy Camborne earn crucial win in chase for promotion
Camborne 27 North Petherton 3
Camborne took a massive step towards at least securing an end of season promotion play-off with a superb bonus point win over close rivals North Petherton.
Tries by prop Malcolm Hearn, flanker James Goldsworthy, skipper Ian Roberts and man of the match Sam Bartle, with David Mankee landing two fine conversions and a penalty made it 11 wins out of 11 at the Recreation Ground this season for the Cherry and Whites.
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They are level on points at the top of the table with leaders Old Redcliffians, who beat Sidmouth 69-3, but the Bristol-based side do have a game in hand.
But as importantly, their victory over the Somerset visitors took them eight points clear of third-placed North Petherton, who also have a game in hand on Camborne.
But with four games to go, all against teams in the bottom half of the table, Camborne are very strongly placed.
The home side laid the foundations for the win which avenged their 19-10 defeat at North Petherton, in the first half at the end of which they led 8-3 despite being against a stiff wind.
After Harry Roberts had given the visitors a 13th minute lead with a penalty, Camborne took advantage of the sin-binning flanker Carl Brown to score from a lineout catch and drive with Hearn getting the touchdown.
Although Mankee was unable to convert he later added a penalty to give Camborne a five point half time advantage.
And after the interval Camborne dominated territory with their pack in impressive form, though the visitors' cause was not helped by several injuries to key players.
But it took until midway through the half for Camborne to convert their superiority into points with another catch and drive finished off by Roberts.
And two minutes before the end of normal time more good work by the pack drove James Goldsworthy over the line with Mankee landing a fine conversion from wide out.
Because of all the injuries there was a remarkable 14 minutes of added time and Camborne took full advantage, with Bartle clinching a bonus point try when the ball ran loose from a lineout close to the visitors' line, with Mankee again landing a fine conversion from wide out to end a big crowd home very happy.