Rugby: Bodmin v Helston report January 22
Bodmin 27, Helston 12
BODMIN have moved to within touching distance of back to back promotions, which would take them out of Cornwall One for the first time in their history.
The Clifden Park side defeated a tough Helston outfit on Saturday, to secure a hard fought second-place in the table and guarantee a promotion play-off against their Devon One counterparts later in the season. The winner will be promoted to the Cornwall & Devon League.
Bodmin started where they left off last week against St Agnes, with a quick paced game, forcing Helston onto the back foot for the majority of the first 40 minutes.
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Indeed it was the fast nature of the game that resulted in the visitors giving away multiple penalties inside their own half and enabling Bodmin to dominate both possession and territory.
While the home side dominated the early exchanges, Helston proved a difficult defensive unit to break down. Bodmin eventually had to settle for three points from in front of the posts after several near scores were repelled.
Winger Ali MacPhee punishing the Helston infringement to give Bodmin a 3-0 lead.
Bodmin continued to push hard to penetrate the Helston defensive line and the first try came through a number of well worked phases eventually opening space outside when the play was reversed.
Centre Andrew Coad utilised the extra space to score his tenth league try of the season. MacPhee added the conversion.
Following the first try, it wasn't long before Bodmin scored another as quick ball created havoc for the Helston defence.
This time the ball was recycled deep inside the Helston 22, before Inside Centre Aaron Pengelly showed great strength to wriggle through a couple of tackles and stretch out to dot down. The conversion was missed to leave the half-time score at 15-0.
After Bodmin had dominated the first half the second was to be a much tighter affair, in large dictated by the opening of the heavens and a rapidly deteriorating pitch.
The home side did come flying out of the blocks though as they received the kick off and set up powerful front foot ball before shipping the play wide and offloading superbly, especially considering the conditions, to advance well inside the Helston half.
Typical of the first half, Bodmin recycled well and the ball was worked out to No8 Lee Taylor, ominously lurking on the wing, to crash through the covering defence and score in the corner. MacPhee added an excellent touchline conversion.
As the conditions worsened, the number of mistakes increased and ultimately this proved to be Helston's way into the game.
A Helston lineout in Bodmin's 22 was well turned over by Bodmin before trying to work their way out of their own territory the ball was spilled in contact.
The Helston fly half then kicked wide before a fortuitous bounce in the sticky pitch was hacked through by the visiting winger to chase and dive on just before Bodmin's attempted cover got back. The conversion was added from out wide.
The home side, keen to guarantee runners-up place in the league, responded well though as the forwards tirelessly worked to edge further towards the Helston try line.
Following solid work from the forwards, Coad eluded the visiting defence to dive over for his second and Bodmin's bonus point try, which all but sealed the win and vitally a promotion play-off.
Helston did manage to score a second try following some loose play from Bodmin gave the visiting winger plenty of space to accelerate into and beat the covering defence to the corner.
Bodmin saw out the final moments without any real scares to confirm a promotion play-off later in the season.
This Saturday Bodmin travel to newly-crowned Cornwall One champions Liskeard in their final league game of the season (2.30pm).
Bodmin: Rutty, Couldrey, G Taylor, Day, Thomas, Orton, Wendon, L Taylor (c), Helgesen, Trevarthen, Carter, Pengelly, Coad, MacPhee, Pooley. Replacements: Hicks, Brooks, Cunniffe, Armstrong.
Scorers. Tries: Coad (2), Pengelly, L Taylor; Conversions: MacPhee (2); Penalty: MacPhee.
Man of the Match: Ollie Wendon.