Brixham 33 Worcester Wanderers 0
AFTER the Berkshire battering last week Brixham had a more recognisable team for the visit of Worcester Wanderers.
The visitors had a poor start to the season but some recent good results promised a close and hard encounter.
With the wind at their backs and the slope down towards Mudstone Lane in front of them Brixham had all the elements in their favour and soon found themselves in the lead.
Worcester were penalised at the first scrum and scrum-half Andy Sandercock bisected the uprights for three points.
Ten minutes later, after a series of attacks, the lead was increased.
A rolling maul in the right corner failed to achieve a touchdown even with the assistance of backs in the drive.
The ball went out and three phases later full-back Jamie Shone went over wide on the left, Sandercock used one of the posts to aid his conversion.
Further attacks by Brixham were resisted by the visitors’ defence but at the cost of two more penalty goals by Sandercock.
With half-time approaching it seemed that Brixham had not made enough of the elements but in the final moments a typical run by prop Russ Morris eased the concerns.
From the 22 he burst through some ineffectual tacking to crash over for a try.
Sandercock again converted and Brixham turned around 23-0 ahead.
Worcester were down but certainly not out and the second half saw them set about turning over the deficit.
One minute in and the task had become more difficult.
Brixham attacked; Goodman and Knight made ground, Morris was brought down just short of the line and hooker Chey Bryce finished off with a try in the corner.
Worcester’s attacks in the second half foundered on the rocks of the Brixham defence though on occasions they were to come close to the line.
Despite the wind it was not all one-way traffic.
Midway through the half Brixham had scored their fourth try after several phases of attacks in which the whole team was involved – winger Jonny Brown finding enough space to touch down in the corner despite the attentions of two defenders.
Worcester could find no way to unlock the Brixham defence and the Fishermen rarely threatened to extend their lead in the final quarter but normal service had been resumed.