DRYBROOK 35 points                   KINGSBRIDGE 7

Kingsbridge travelled to Drybrook in good heart after their last couple of results but were soon brought down to earth with a bump as they were outplayed by a powerful home side.

The game was overshadowed by an injury to hooker James Westlake who popped his knee within the first 10 minutes of the game. This injury unsettled the visitors and they were further hampered when No 8 Jack Cope had to leave the field with a back injury.

The game kicked off at a frantic pace and it was not long before Kings were under pressure.

Drybrook were dominant in all aspects, their powerful pack made inroads into the visitors half and it was only their last minute decision making that saw them squander at least 6 scoring chances. Kings were gallant in defence, Jon Merrin and Isaac Rayworth standing tall throughout the game.

Struggling throughout, Kings were constantly being penalised and it was from one these that Drybrook started the scoring with a catch and drive from a line out on the Kings line, another almost identical try following, to leave the score 10-0 at half time.

The second half followed much the same, although the visitors had moments of good possession and at least made it into the visitors 22 with a couple of opportunities to score. But Drybrook withstood and continued to put points on the board going to a 30-point lead.

This young Kings side never gave up and came back scoring a fine try, started by a good run by Rayworth, a clever kick from centre Ben Newman which saw replacement Freddie Buckle gather and go over for Kings first points. Fly half George Jones added the conversion with a great touchline kick. Back came the home side with a final try leaving the final score 35-7.

A setback for Kings but with the courage displayed they should hopefully see a turnaround in results.

This weekend sees the 1st XV take a break from the league as they visit Paignton in the first round of the Devon Cup. Kingsbridge A XV entertain Barnstaple III’s in the Merit table at High House at 3pm whilst the Colts travel the relatively short distance to Ivybridge to face their local rivals in the Colts Merit Table.