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Westcombe Park 29-28 Clifton
10:39am Tuesday 17th April 2012 in Rugby
WESTCOMBE PARK secured a well-earned 29-28 victory against Clifton to keep their season alive right up to the final game.
The manner of the win was more convincing than the final score line might suggest.
After a shaky start, which allowed William Pomphrey in under the posts for the visitors to open the scoring from a tap penalty, Combe hit back with tries from Charlie Edwards and Kieren Leeper.
Joe Simpson added a conversion.
Combe were good value going in at half time 12-7 up and from the restart went further ahead with scores from Leeper again and Graham Purdy, with Simpson adding one more conversion.
Clifton clawed one back through Phil Schmidt, but a fifth try for the home side from man of the match James Lindfield should have sealed it for Combe.
However, in the last five minutes they lost concentration and let in Clifton for two late consolation scores to finish at 29-28.
With this bonus point win, Combe are off the bottom of the table, and their campaign continues with a visit to Redruth on Saturday before the final game at home to Southend.
Meanwhile, Westcombe Park’s U19s academy side are through to the final of the National Colts Plate on May 7 at Franklin Gardens after a semi-final success over Havant.
Director of rugby Ross McEwen said: “Our vision at Westcombe Park was to have an academy producing first team players, as well as succeeding in the national colts competition, so it is a huge result we have achieved both this year.”
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