Frustrating defeat for Ivybridge

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

Ivybridge made a great start against Camborne by scoring after less than three minutes when Billy Pinkus crossed in the right corner after some good patient play from kick-off.

Eight minutes later, Ivybridge had collected a second try when they took a short clever line-out and flanker Ben King charged over to score. Mitch Pinkus added the conversion to make it 12-3.

David Mankee cut the gap four minutes later with a penalty before former Albion and Cornish Pirates back Rhodri McAtee crossed in the corner for Camborne’s first try.

Ivybridge went 15-8 ahead when Mitch Pinkus kicked a penalty, but Mankee put one over for Camborne to close the gap to four points again.
However, the home club went 18-11 up at the break when Mitch Pinkus kicked another penalty on 35 minutes. Eleven minutes after the break, Ivybridge were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes when King was yellow carded and Mankee kicked another penalty to reduce the deficit to 18-14.

Camborne went in front for the first time on 58 minutes when Taff Roko gathered a great cross-field kick by Mankee to score in the corner. Mankee also added the conversion to make it 21-18 in the visitors’ favour. Camborne were then reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes and in the 75th minute it looked like Billy Pinkus might have won the game when he showed super strength to score in the right corner. Luke Martell added the conversion to put his side 25-21 up.

But Ivybridge gave away a penalty from the restart and after pressure on the line the influential Mankee crossed just to the right of the posts and also added the conversion.

There was one last chance for Ivybridge to steal the victory. Deep in injury-time they were awarded a penalty. They went for the corner with the last play and tried an identical line-out that led to King’s opening try. It looked like Ivybridge had succeeded, but this time the referee deemed that the ball had not gone the required five-metres and blew up for full-time.

It was heart wrenching to watch, when Ivybridge had been 12-0 up after just 11 minutes, a win could well have virtually secured the team’s safety by moving into the top half of the table. Now Ivybridge have dropped back to fourth-from-bottom, just six points ahead of third-from-bottom Newbury, who have a game in hand.

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