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New Cross out of Junior Cup despite second-half revival

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

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NEW Cross slipped out of the Devon Junior Cup when they went down 21-18 to visiting Old Technicians in the second round.

Techs withstood a second-half New Cross fightback to progress to the semi-finals.

The visitors have only won two league games this season, although one of those came in their last visit to New Cross and they continued where they left off in building a comfortable first-half lead.

Billy Evans opened the scoring with a drop-goal although the home side responded with a try from Dane Layton.

A try from Phil Ingleson put the visiting side back in front but Ryan Wotton's penalty for New Cross levelled the scores.

The visitors took control before the break with a try from Neil Herbert, finishing off a good forwards' move, and then second row Danny Bond powered over to give them a 10-point advantage.

New Cross came out all guns blazing in the second period forcing the visitors on the backfoot in defence of their lead.

The home side found their way over the line twice in the second period through Layton and Dean Churchfield leaving Old Techs in debt to the boot of Ryan Tunnicliffe, whose second-half penalty was enough for his side to sneak into the semi -finals.

Totnes were due to play Tamar Saracens at Borough Park, but that game was called off.

BRIXHAM will be aiming to maintain their fund-raising effort on behalf of forces charity Help for Heroes in the annual Boxing Day fixture at Astley Park (2.30pm)

A President's XV will be playing a Chairman's XV with all proceeds raised from the game going to the charity.

Brixham have been running the game for the past five years and raised around £10,000 so far.

TORQUAY'S Boxing Day entertainment is the Chris Penford Cup game between a Club XV and The Torquay Old Grammarians.

The match usually attracts the best crowd of the season to the Recreation Ground as the old boys get together afterwards for a festive social.

The year the game has a new element as it is being played as a fund-raiser for the Orlando Rogers Foundation.

Rogers, who died in plane crash in 2011, was a former Royal Marine and adventurer and the foundation was set up to encourage young people to tackle gruelling expeditions in remote parts of the world.

Meanwhile, Torquay have pulled out of their Devon Intermediate Cup game against Ivybridge on Saturday due to team-raising problems.

It means Ivybridge have reached the last four without having to play a game as Teignmouth waved them through in the previous round.

The game should have been played last Saturday but was called off as Ivybridge had an RFU National Cup game against Penryn which took precedence.

The Reg Brewer Cup game between Brixham and Torquay, which appears on some fixture lists, has been postponed.

PAIGNTON'S Boxing Day game against a President's XV kicks-off at 1pm.

THERE is Boxing Day action at Buckfastleigh where Totnes pay a visit in the Kingcombe Cup.

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