Bodmin 68, Lankelly-Fowey 9
AFTER Bodmin had racked up a century of points the week before, Lankelly proved to be much more solid opposition, but the home side still ran in 12 tries to one to seal a comfortable victory in the Tribute Cornwall Clubs' Cup Group D.
Lankelly's ever impressive pack started the game with a powerful scrum and the referee subsequently awarded a penalty for Bodmin hands in the scrum, trying to force the ball back. Lankelly opted for posts but the attempt was pushed wide.
Bodmin responded well and when they attacked one way and then the other the Lankelly forwards in the back line had no answer to defending quick wide ball.
Winger Ali MacPhee fed the ever present Matt Orton for the opening try. Lankelly were then awarded a second penalty in front of the Bodmin posts, this time for offside, and the visiting fly half made sure of the points from the tee to register Lankelly's first points.
Bodmin hit back and MacPhee finished a chance himself as he superbly stepped his opposite number to go in in the corner.
Bodmin added a third try as straight from the kick-off the ball was fielded well, shipped wide, and a number of quick inter passes resulted in Paul Carter scoring after a dash along the right wing.
Lankelly's spoiling tactics had the desired effect as for a few periods Bodmin struggled to achieve the quick ball they desired. When they eventually managed to commit the numbers to the rucks, quick phases amassed and the space was evident as MacPhee stepped his way to the line for his second and Bodmin's fourth. Cody Armstrong added the extras.
Lankelly then struck with their sole try as their pack rumbled forward before the visiting N08 shrugged off a couple of tacklers to dive over in the corner.
Conceding a try seemed to invigorate Bodmin and they quickly struck back with an Andrew Coad brace before half time to ensure any chance of their opposition gaining momentum was stamped out.
Coad's first was the result of a well run angle to break through the defensive line before rounding the full back to go in under the posts. Armstrong adding the extra two points.
Bodmin's top try scorer then added a second on the stroke of half time following another well created mismatch in midfield. This time the extras were missed to leave the half time score at 34-8.
Some dynamic rucking saw Bodmin begin to recycle the ball quicker and it was replacement winger Aaron Pengelly who profited as he was fed the ball out wide before stepping inside to wrong foot the Lankelly full back and cross the whitewash.
It didn't take long for Bodmin to register another try as full-back Dan Pooley cleverly gathered Pengelly's chip through deep inside the Lankelly half to slide over in the corner.
Bodmin had dominated except for one facet, the scrum. But the last half hour showed the Cornwall One side's superior fitness as they began to gain the upper hand at the set piece.
An attacking scrum on the Lankelly five metre saw Orton feed flanker Ollie Wendon in a training ground move. The openside crossed the line to stretch the lead to 49-8.
MacPhee was then back in the act as he completed his hat trick with 15 minutes still to play, the home back line slicing through the visiting defence before MacPhee finished well in the corner.
Armstrong this time added a superb touchline conversion.
Andy Trevarthen marked his return to action with a try. The ball was excellently worked from one side of the pitch to the other leaving an unopposed run to the line for Trevarthen. Bodmin kept their foot on the throttle and this was typified by man of the match Guy Taylor, who made a number of surging advances.
The last try came as scrum half Armstrong scythed through a gap around the fringes of a ruck to cross under the posts and convert his try for a resounding win.
This Saturday sees Bodmin take on Cornwall One champions Liskeard-Looe for the fourth time this season in the hugely anticipated battle for top place in Group D (2.30pm at Clifden Park).
Bodmin: A Trevarthen, S Williams, G Taylor, J Day, L Thomas, M Orton, O Wendon, D Cullip, C Armstrong, M Trevarthen (c), A MacPhee, A Coad, P Carter, M Jope, D Pooley. Replacements: M Roberts, A Pengelly.
Scorers. Tries: MacPhee (3), Coad (2), Orton, Carter, Pengelly, Pooley, Wendon, A Trevarthen, Armstrong. Conversions: Armstrong (4).
Harbour Brewing Co Man of the Match: Guy Taylor.