Final league game of the season saw Saltash take the honours

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Friday 29th April 2022 5:36 pm
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North Tawton RFC Clubhouse.  AQ 3579
North Tawton RFC Clubhouse. AQ 3579 (Alan Quick, Crediton Courier )

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NORTH TAWTON RFC

NORTH Tawton travelled across the Tamar to Saltash for their last league game of the season against Saltash who sat one place above them in the league.

As things where panning out while the need to get at least a bonus point from this would be good enough to keep the Tawts avoiding relegation, the real interest from the North Tawton angle was could Withycombe beat the high flying Bude at home and if so it could be heartache for the Tawts.

North Tawton yet again travelled to Cornwall with an under strength squad due to injuries and other reasons and it took only five minutes from the start before we got the flavour of things to come, Saltash scoring the first of their eight tries.

The honest truth was that it wasn’t pretty to watch from a North Tawton perspective, Saltash running in tries for fun at times in the first half.

We got to the break 33-0 to the home team.

The second half got underway and North Tawton showed a lot more determination and put together some good phases of their own.

A dart around the pack in the bottom corner resulted in scrum half Jack Phare going over for a well earned five points.

Some hard work by the forwards put pressure on the Saltash defence and was undone time-after-time by the ref, calling play back for several reasons.

In the meantime the home team continued to build their score, a yellow card for the Tawts scrum half for a deliberate knock on not helping.

We get to 47-5, a second try by Simon Quick for the Tawts with the kick added giving the final score of 47-12, a match I fear best forgotten.

It wasn’t all bad news as while this match was still playing the news reached the Duchy that Bude had beaten Withycombe, a result that keeps the North Tawton team safe in this league, we hope.

Chris Phare

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