Season 1927-28

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This season saw the revival - after almost 30 years - of a 2nd XV, who celebrated their resurgence with a 14-0 win over Plympton Juniors meanwhile the first team faced somewhat more formidable opposition at Falmouth "attractive play" being a feature of Argaum's visit nevertheless the club went down by a margin of 6-0.

The following week a selected team of Beer, Ward, Mills W, Mills A, Blight, Westlake, Paul, Brookes, Percy, Daly, Evans, Sloggett, Rowden, Keen and Elliott convincingly defeated the Devonshire Regiment at the Brickfields 24-0, then, with Nixon for Ward, HMS Erebus 18-0 "Argaum open out!'. Tries by Nixon, Mills A 3, Blight and Brooks, the Argaum forwards were splendidly backed up by Paul and Westlake at half back. 14-0 v Mechanicians (Mills W, Keen, Blight and Elliott, Ward a conversion RN Depot 8-0 (Mills A v Rowden conversion Beer) - Paul and Westlake were very smart in developing situations. RNE College II 8-6 (Brooks and Nixon, Beer conversion) Argaum were leading 8-0 at half time but the students developed greater class in the second half but were unable to close the gap. 0-0 v CYMS and a like score the following week v Plympton Athletic. It was left - almost inevitably - for Salcombe to break the undefeated streak, which they did to the tune of 9-0. The following week must surely have been blank as there is a report of Plymouth Albion Reserves v Salcombe which reads 'Salcombe had the assistance of several Argaum players and deserved their 14-11 victory at Beacon Park. A. Mills (Argaum) was ordered off for disputing the referee's decision! On the same day Argaum's 2nd team set their seniors an example by winning against the odds, 12-0 at Salcombe against the South Hams reserve side - Tries by Len Giddy (2) and a drop goal and conversion by Osborne. The year ended with a 3-3 draw against OPMs on Christmas Eve. George Wakeham scoring the equalising try for the Old Boys!

1928 opened with Services A and a headline for a 0-0 draw 70 minutes of sporting rugby on a heavy pitch whilst Junior Rugby Report on this date carried the following "Argaum have been playing local service sides lately but are going for a more ambitious programme; they have already secured fixtures with Weston Super Mare, Penzance and Services" an ambition that pre-empted' similar thinking some 35 or more years later. Of these trials against senior sides Leslie Paul - Secretary at the time says - "the Club used to receive guaranteed payments which were spent in reserving compartments for the players and their supporters for the train journey". After the Services game one suspects the weather closed in as the next report is not until the 2nd February when RNE College II, doughty opponents as always, rallied strongly and close on time equalised a Leslie Paul try. Bideford were beaten 9-3 the Club recovering from a half time deficit of 0-3 with tries by Len Rowden, Keen and A Mills. Keen, normally a back row forward filled the stand off half position on a number of occasions as required - with some success. On 17th February the second string again showed their seniors how it should be done - by defeating Salcombe II this time 13-6 with tries from Richards, Osborne and Cox and two conversions by Roy Cleverley - an elegant full back. However the same day the first team went down 6-11 at Kingsbridge tries by Nixon and Beer, Bill Pain for the home team being restricted to one conversion. Plympton were narrowly beaten 6-5 and then a further win 13-3 at Bere Alston which demonstrated "the reward of running a second XV when Argaum brought in their Juniors and each justified his position". Tries Keen, Mills and Evans with two conversions by Osborne. St. Budeaux 8-6 tries Mills A, Mills W, Beer conversion. Then - possibly appropriately - April fool's day the University College of the South West being unable to raise a side to play Redruth. Argaum, or possibly Leslie Paul, stepped into the breach a team consisting of A Beer, A Ward, A Mills, W Mills S Morrell, L Paul, F Osborne, G Percy, N Rees, H Sloggett, H Keen, J Beer, H Elliott, S martin and E Evans. Redruth were not at full strength but included the legendary Roy Jennings, English international and holder of innumerable county caps. "The visitors did well forward and came close to scoring on several occasions" but in the end "an easy win for Redruth 23-3". Beer kicking a penalty for Argaum. Roy Jennings for the home side a try, penalty and conversion. The following week "before a large crowd" Argaum won a disappointing game at Buckfastleigh. The report "a scramble on the home line resulted in the visitors being awarded a try, soon after the home side scored a really good try the conversion kick hitting the bar. In the second half the home team had the better of things. What appeared to be a try for the visitors was given as a save and later after Lane had saved, a visitor touched down and was awarded a try. To wind up what appears to have been a very successful season - "the reward of running a second fifteen" - the Club played a 3-3 draw against the OPMs the Argaum forwards providing a great display. Harold Sloggett and Ed O’Carroll were always prominent but Argaum’s wings lost many chances in the first half the only score being a try by Beer. This was equalised in the second half by a try by Bracken - ironically formerly with Argaum - but "Wakeham nullified much good OPM work by getting penalised for offside far too often".

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  • 1st XV Captain: J Daly
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