Tots find winning elusive
TOTNES are looking for a pick-me-up when Plymstock visit Borough Park this Saturday,.
Hopes were high for the campaign ahead during pre-season – but two games into it Totnes are without a win.
Coach Richard Burden had hoped last season's relegation from the Cornwall & Devon Division had been forgotten. Now he is not so sure.
"It seems we have forgotten how to win matches," said Burden after the 14-9 defeat by near neighbours New Cross.
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"I still don't how we managed to lose to New Cross as we really ought to have won.
"We had the possession but failed to capitalise on it. There were three penalties in front of the posts which we chose to run, when in a close game we would have been better served kicking the points."
Totnes are set to welcome back utility threequarter Ollie Tregeles, who is home form his studies for a spell. However, Callum Browse is away during the week which may make it difficult for him to attend training.
Chris Hooper kicked Tots ahead, but New Cross responded with a Ryan Wotton penalty. Wotton added another penalty before the break as the hosts edged in front and extended their lead after the break with a try from Mike Clarke.
Hooper and Wotton traded penalties as the match wore on and Hooper added another to bring his side with five points as it drew to a close.
SALCOMBE came from 14-0 down against Topsham to win 15-14 and pick up their first win of the season.
The Salcombe fightback began when second row Scott Lowrie seized upon some loose possession to run in his side's first try of the game. Winger Darren Clarke then scored finishing off a good backs move from the home side to bring them within four points.
The hosts stole the match five minutes from time when the ball found its way to Rupert Bevan who jinked past the last defender for his side's crucial third try.
Salcombe make the long trip to Torrington on Saturday.
DARTMOUTH, who lost 50-5 to University of Exeter, will have to regroup quickly for this week's game.
Dartmouth host New Cross with a 3pm kick off. Coming back from injury, hopefully, will be Richard Lobb and Luke Bridgwood.
Coach Steve Atkins may have the pick of Jake Bridgwood, Ben Peters, Miguel Tenreiro, Martin Sharam and Dave Cudd, to mention a few.
Jayne Hammond, the landlady of The Cherub will be sponsoring the match. Son Declan is the club captain.
BUCKFASTLEIGH made their hosts Devonport HSOB pay for indiscipline in a 22-12 victory.
A try from Carl Nelson, converted by Steve Chappell, gave the home side the lead.
Old Boys responded with a try before the break. Rhys Doodhead's try extended the visitors' lead.
DHS levelled with a try under the posts.
An opportunist try by Matt Pyke, converted by Harry Laity, and a penalty with the last kick of the game from Steve Chappell, made it safe. Bucks are at home to Ilfracombe this Saturday.