Bodmin and district grassroots sport, November 2
LIONS FIGHT FOR WIN:
Liskeard-Looe 30, OPMs 21
Liskeard started well and in the opening minutes were 3-0 in the lead, thanks to a penalty from the boot of James Noel-Johnson, playing at scrum half, after OPM's were caught offside.
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After eight minutes The Lions went further in front, after a series of forward drives, when prop Phil Morford crossed the whitewash for an unconverted try.
At the end of the first quarter OPM's came back with a converted try, after shoddy defensive work let them through.
Six minutes later with Liskeard pressing hard they crossed the whitewash again only for the referee to adjudge that the ball had been held up.
From the ensuing five-metre scrum No.8 Gareth Cooke peeled off the back and drove for the line.
He was stopped but managed to slip the ball to prop Phil Morford, backing up, to cross for his second try of the afternoon, this went unconverted and the half finished with no further scoring.
In the second half Liskeard started well but six minutes in a breakaway, out of defence, brought a converted try to take the lead at 14-13.
After a series of forward drives, replacement lock Mark Goldsmith drove over for a try in the 55th minute; this was converted by Noel-Johnson to retake the lead.
The Lions were then awarded a scrum on the visitors' 22 and the ball was quickly shipped to the backs for centre Sam Grant to cross for the bonus point try, this was also converted by Noel-Johnson.
The OPM's, who had never stopped working hard, scored a converted try to again narrow the deficit to 27-21.
With only 12 minutes left both sides tried hard to ensure a victory and right on the stroke of full-time the Liskeard pack forced a mistake and Noel-Johnson kicked the penalty for a well-deserved 30-21 win.
The 2nd XV were also at home against Veor 2nds, in the CRFU merit table.
Veor must be congratulated for travelling to Liskeard with a depleted side (eight players arrived) and had to borrow players for the game to go ahead.
Liskeard-Looe: Mike Mander, Tristan Nicholas, Phil Morford, Tom Blake, Chris Sobey, Lewis Elliottt, Yestin Hutchings, Gareth Cooke, James Noel-Johnson, Tony Powell, Mark Collins, Jamie Townsend, Sam Grant, Brad Burchell, Kieran Underhill. Reps: Mike Porter, Charlie Virgo-Brown, Mark Goldsmith.
Scorers: Tries - Morford (2), Grant, Goldsmith; Cons - Noel-Johnson (2); pens - Noel-Johnson (2).
ASHES END HOODOO:
Crediton 5, Saltash 23
Saltash produced an excellent battling performance to record a rare win at Crediton.
With a poor winning history at the North Devon ground over the past few years, the Ashes knew they were in for a physical game.
However, the visiting defence held strong and after some good phase play were awarded a penalty in their half which Max Venables kicked to make it 3-0.
Then Will Morton scooped up a Crediton dropped ball out wide and paced it in comfortably. The conversion was successful and Saltash led 10-0.
Crediton showed their true grit here and upped their efforts and took control of the game on the middle 15 minutes of the first half but Saltash held them out again.
After another penalty from Venables, Saltash reset for the kick-off. A fantastic take from Rixson and break through an unorganised chase, then lovely offload to Josh Webb who ran it under the posts. That made it 20-0, which stayed until half time.
Crediton started fresher with a few penalties into the corner and organised driving mauls their big No 8 went over to score.
Saltash took the most of a penalty to put them at least three scores ahead and despite late Crediton pressure, the Ashes held on for a superb victory.
TEMPLE TROUT FISHERY ROUND-UP:
October produced some good catches at Temple Trout Fishery near Bodmin, writes Julian Jones.
Fishing floating and intermediate lines has proven most successful, fished with weighted nymphs, mini lures and buzzers.
On the warmer overcast days dry flies also took some good trout.
Christine Harris, of Penryn, landed the best trout of the month which was a 5 lb 7 oz brown.
The fish took a Dawson's Olive and was also tagged which netted Christine a cash prize of £100.
Carl Davy, of Exeter, landed a 5 lb 3 oz rainbow on a Black Woolly and John Twine, of Liskeard, landed a good five-fish bag at 11 lb 6 oz fishing buzzers and weighted nymphs.
Lostwithiel Seniors made the away trip to Trethorne for their return fixture. With the first three matches going to Lostwithiel, the visitors were looked for the fourth.
The home team got into gear, winning the fourth game and halving the fifth, also winning the sixth as well as the seventh match.
They halved their game, making it a 4-4 match draw.
The nearest the pin for Lostwithiel was won by Rod Best.
Lostwithiel Seniors v Newquay:
In spite of the recent inclement weather, the Seniors' return match at home to Newquay was able to take place thanks to the effort of the ground staff.
As a result, the course especially the greens played superbly. Unfortunately, the visitors could only supply five pairs.
The first four encounters all went to Lostwithiel. For the first time in two years, Lostwithiel completed the day by winning all five games.
Nearest the pin for Lostwithiel was won by Kevin Flynn.
Lostwithiel Seniors v Porthpean:
On an unusually mild day after the recent weather, Lostwithiel were pleased to visit Porthpean Seniors for their annual return match.
The first match went to the home team. putting pressure on the second visiting pairing needing to level things up, which they duly did.
This was followed with the next three games going to the visitors scoring two wins and a half, with three games left to decide the final result.
The visitors must have got wind of the situation and returned the next two games as wins, leaving the match result resting with the final pairing. This ended in a fine win