Cobham were looking to get a third win in a row to kick start 2018 and make amends for their 57-10 loss away at Cornish earlier in the season.
Having sustained injuries in the first half of the season Director of Rugby Steve Pope has been able to build some consistency to the squads but in the first fifteen minutes of this key game Cobham lost first their wing James MacDonald to a head injury and then five minutes later Ryan Saunders for some an ankle damage.
The depth and scope of the squad was therefore tested as Miles Fletcher came in for MacDonald, centre George Tunnacliffe moving to scrum half leaving Olly Fox to move from flanker to wing Ben Joyce came into the front row with utility forward Josh Brown moving to flanker.
Tom Farrelly opened the scoring with a penalty kick. 3-0 and Cobham’s first try started by fullback James Clements & put through the back line hands put Miles Fletcher away in the corner with his first touch.8-0 That was the score at half time
Cobham’s second try came after pressure from the forwards in the Cornish 22 & simple hands from Luke Flower to set up Max MacDonald to use his great foot work close to the touch line & go round his opposite man in the corner for what would prove to be the winning try but not before Cornish rallied to kick a penalty for a nCobham off side & scored a converted try towards the end of the match to make it a tight finish.
Cobham’s defence was strong against a physical Cornish Side to claim a tight win which they hope to replicate away against mid table rivals Brighton next week
Director of Rugby Steve Pope said ''Really pleased for the boys today after losing James Macdonald and Ryan Saunders in the first 15 minutes, the boys really had to dig in and with a number of players playing the majority of the game out of position.
Against a good solid LC side the boys really showed they are capable of closing a game down. Fingers crossed that today's injuries aren't as bad as they looked?
Special mention to George Tunnicliffe and Ollie Fox both playing out of position really did a good job.
We need a big week this week at training as we head down to Brighton next week who are playing well
8.Adrian Van Der Ploeg (c)
No14 Max MacDonald x1 Try
No18 Miles Fletcher x1 Try
No 13 Tom Farrelly x 1 Penalty