Browne leaves Fishermen after losing starting place
BRIXHAM have parted company with last season's leading try scorer Kyle Browne following a bust up prior to last Saturday's home game against Weston.
Browne ran in 25 tries in 2011-2012 to speed Brixham towards the South West One title and promotion to National Three South West.
This season has proved harder for Browne, but he remained one of the first names on the team sheet until two weeks ago when he was one of five 1st XV regulars to miss the away win at Oxford Harlequins.
The match had been re-arranged from an earlier date on what was a blank Saturday on the fixture list, which was why the quintet had made alternative plans.
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Brixham won as Oxford and when it came to picking the team to face Brixham most of the absentees weren't in it.
Browne was on the bench for the game, but felt he should be in the starting line-up and quit the club there and then.
Coach Dan Parkes kept quiet about the episode over the weekend on the chance relations could be patched up. They couldn't.
"Kyle did some terrific things for us last season and has improved tremendously as a player since coming to us from Devonport Services three and half years ago," said Parkes.
"He mentioned a couple of clubs he intended talking to and I have wished him all the best wherever he ends up.
"The door remains open to Kyle if he wants to knock on it.
"We do have options in the backs where Kyle played, but I wouldn't rule out a signing or two now he has gone."
Whether or not Browne would have made much difference to the outcome of Saturday's meeting with new leaders Weston can only be speculated on.
Brixham were 16-5 up at half time, but conspired to lose 37-19.
In the opening exchanges Weston had the better of the play and a penalty opened the scoring for them on the 10-minute mark.
Brixham responded by drawing level when Ben Lovell slotted a penalty after a multi-phase attack was halted.
The Fishermen went into the lead midway through the half when a promising attack saw wing Matt Crosscombe hauled down just short in the right corner.
Quick hands took the ball across the field to the opposite corner where fellow winger Harry Davies touched down. Lovell added the touchline conversion.
Further attacks by Brixham brought no more tries and they had to content themselves with two more Lovell penalties.
The second period was one of few highlights for Brixham as Weston used their substitutes to great effect and showed the class that has made them the leading scorers in the League.
Two converted tries in the first 15 minutes saw Weston ease into the lead.
A spell of Brixham pressure midway through the half brought promise of a try but the reward of only a penalty.
Two more tries in quick succession extended the Weston lead.
As Brixham tired they were unable to mount many more threatening attacks – the last of which resulted in the final try for Weston when they intercepted a Brixham backs' move to race through to the line.
Brixham are at home again this Saturday when Chippenham are the guests.