New faces on Brixham bus but they could take tube!
BRIXHAM are set to include two debutants in their match-day squad for the arduous trek to Amersham & Chiltern this Saturday.
The competition Brixham play in may be called National Three South West, but having Amersham in it stretches the definition of 'South West' to the limit.
For Amersham is the last stop on the London Underground's Metropolitan Line, just a long drop-kick away from Watford!
On the early morning bus for the first time to Hertfordshire are former Plymouth Albion prop Ryan Hopkins and Royal Navy scrum-half Jonny Stephen.
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Stephen, whose previous club was Midlands Three outfit Hinckley, has been posted to BRNC Dartmouth and signed for the local club.
Hopkins started his career with Tiverton and after spells with Exeter and Nottingham joined Albion in 2004. He has recently retired from pro-rugby to pursue a teaching career.
Having slipped up badly last time out against Redingensians, who won 36-21 at Astley Park, the Fishermen will be keen to get back to winning ways.
Brixham hadn't played a competitive match since December 8 going into the Redingensians game, which inevitably meant they were ring-rusty.
Brixham fell behind after 10 minutes. Reds went through a succession of phases and eventually exploited a gap in the Brixham defence to go over for a converted try.
The lead only lasted five minutes. At the second time of asking, Brixham used a catch-and-drive to propel hooker Chey Bryce over the line for a try. Ben Lovell converted and it was all-square.
Reds pulled ahead 10 minutes later with a penalty, but with half-time approaching it was the Fishermen back on the attack.
Another catch-and-drive was halted by Reds, but the Brixham pack kept the pressure on with a series of pick-and-goes, culminating in a try for flanker Dylan Flashman.
Lovell converted to give Brixham a four-point lead but a long-range penalty reduced it to 14-13 at the break.
For Brixham the damage was done in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
With defensive kicks being run back at them with interest, the Fishermen conceded three tries in quick succession and a one-point lead transformed into a 16-point deficit.
Brixham reduced this midway through the half when a period of pressure again saw the pack combine for a try - lock Adam Thomas grounding the ball. Lovell again converted.
With the game virtually won and the bonus point secured Reds closed it out.
Two further penalty goals extended the margin of victory.