Thornbury record home victory to ease past their Cornish rivals
THORNBURY leapfrogged Wadebridge to move up to fifth in South West One West with a commanding 34-10 home win against their Cornish rivals.
There were plenty of reasons for the South Gloucestershire outfit to celebrate as this was their first home victory since September and a first success against Wadebridge in four attempts, while former Bristol centre Rob Higgitt made his first appearance of the campaign after recovering from injury.
Centre Dai Matthews gave Thornbury the perfect start with an early try, converted by Wayne Underwood, while No 8 Jack Hussey's unconverted effort from a scrum opened up a 12-point advantage in as many minutes.
Even better was to follow when Ollie Fleming's angled run took the winger over for another converted try to make it 19-0 after only 16 minutes.
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The bonus point was secured early in the second half when Underwood's accurate cross kick found full-back Craig Beyer, who coasted over.
Thornbury's remaining points came from flanker Tom Guzman and Matthews tries.
Old Reds, meanwhile, consolidated second place in style with a 47-16 home humbling of Paignton to move five points clear of Camborne though leaders North Petherton are still sitting pretty with a ten-point advantage. Reds, who were 12-3 down at one stage, gradually gained total dominance up front to run in a total of eight tries with the breakaway trio of Sean Fox (2), skipper Jed Hooper and Dan 'Chipper' Fry leading the way.
Joe Hall, Mike Schropfer and James Willmott also crossed, while there was a penalty try plus two conversions and a penalty by Jack Steer.
Petherton made it 11 from 12 with a 33-0 home defeat of Clevedon.
In National Three South West, Avonmouth let slip a hard-earned 17-14 half time advantage to falter 36-17 away to Old Patesians.
Tries from Sean Palmer and Billy Reynolds, both converted by Andy Taylor who also slotted a penalty, gave Grant Britton's squad a useful advantage after playing up the slope.
But it all went wrong after the turnaround with Pats storming clear for a comfortable win. In Western Counties North, Keynsham's home clash with local rivals Bristol Harlequins fell victim to an unfit pitch for the second successive week and has been rescheduled for December 22.
Old Bristolians slipped to a surprising 34-12 home reverse against lowly Chosen Hill.