North Tawton RFC become Devon League One Champions

By Crediton Courier Newspaper   |   Editorial   |
Thursday 28th March 2019 8:30 am
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North Tawton RFC players celebrate after their win over New Cross which secures the team’s promotion to the Cornwall and Devon League. ()

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WITH a comprehensive win over the lowly placed New Cross team from Kingsteignton, North Tawton RFC secured its promotion to the Cornwall and Devon Tribute League as champions of Devon Tribute One champions.

This follows on from last year’s promotion from Devon Two promotions in the last two years - no mean feat and something both players and supporters are rightly proud of.

While it would only be correct to point out that the influx of new players has given the club fresh blood, it would also be right the say that the longer-serving players have upped their game considerably, showing determination and commitment that runs through this Tawts side for all to see.

Next year will see the Tawts take on teams from Cornwall as well as Devon in a league, dare I say far more hardy and game wise than they have come up against this year.

Reflecting on this season’s results they have nothing to fear as long as they can accept the extra travelling and take the home form away the skill factors in place, Cornwall here we come.

After going 19-0 down in the first 15 minutes the home team did well to fight back with two converted tries of their own, taking us to 14-19 and  reminder to North Tawton that New Cross were not giving them the title on a plate.

Talk was mixed on the touch line, did the Tawts need the bonus point to be champions or not? Was a win good enough yet again?

Step up Gary Sizmur who puts it to rest with a Saturday special just before half-time, the kick added by James Bowden to go with tries from Luke Mingo, Kev Dennis and Craig Dennis giving us a 14-26 score line at the half-time whistle.

The bonus point secured any pressure that might have been there.

We got a try feast in the second half, North Tawton running a tiring New Cross team ragged.

Both Kev Dennis and Craig Dennis got their brace of tries, Conner Mathis crowned a welcome return to the side with two tries and James Bowen showed that he can score tries, as well as kick his points, giving us a 10-try match from the Tawts.

New Cross did add to their score with a converted try, giving us the final score of 21-62.

MoM was Gary Sizmur  who I am sure will be a candidate for player of the season at the next match, a home cup game v Torrington.

Chris Phare


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