Brixham’s league season will end as at began – with a match against Weston-super-Mare. The difference is that this is a match that will have an impact on relegation from the Southwest Premier Division. The Fishermen need to win to ensure that they don’t fill the remaining drop spot.
Victory at Bracknell would have ensured their safety and they led for most of the game. Unfortunately they could not hang on to the lead as the hosts scored two late tries.
With a pack seriously weakened by injuries and unavailabilities, Brixham were usually under pressure in the set-pieces though the backs looked dangerous with the ball in hand.
Brixham took an early lead. From a lineout on the right the ball went crossfield where full-back Conner Bedwell weaved his way through the defence to touch down near the posts. Tom Putt converted.
Bracknell were soon on the scoreboard. When Brixham were penalised at a scrum close to their line a quickly taken penalty set up a try for their forwards before the Brixham defence got organised. The conversion was missed to leave the Fishermen two points ahead.
The lead went back to seven points when Brixham scored their second try. Bracknell were attacking on the right but prop Joel Armitage stole the ball and set off upfield. The yards he made were greater in impact than distance and the ball was recycled quickly and went through the Brixham backs before winger JP Simonetti crossed the whitewash.
A second try for the hosts before halftime meant that the game was evenly poised with Brixham leading 12-10.
In the second period Brixham started brightly and had Bracknell defending in front of their clubhouse. They extended their lead when Bracknell tried to run the ball out of defence from a scrum ten metres out from their line. A one-handed pass to their winger might have been intercepted by Simonetti but was not. He stole it from the intended receivers hands and shot over for a try. Putt converted.
Further Brixham attacking took them close to the line but not over it. Two penalties from the boot of Tom Putt increased the Fishermen’s catch but Bracknell had the better of the second half. Three tries, one with the last move of the match, were enough to give them the victory.Follow