November 11, 2000

North Tawton 10 Chiefs 13

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North Tawton 10 Argaum Chiefs 13
( November 11th 2000, k.o. 14:30
North Tawton)

The performance that Argaum had threatened to produce finally came as the Chiefs recorded their first win of the season in this Devon 2 League Game.

After a 2 minutes silence in respect of rememberence day the battle commenced in conditions resembling the Somme. In the initial exchanges Argaum lost their hooker Mark Foster due to an injury sustained in training, Darren Truscott replacing him. North Tawton exerted the early pressure and after a penalty goal ran through for the first try of the game which was converted. Argaum came back strongly and after North Tawton conceded a penalty Darren Wills brought the visitors back into the game with a well struck penalty. After soaking up a lot of pressure Argaum should have scored on the stroke of half time but failed to capitalise on some good field positions, leaving the interval score 10-3 to the home side. The Chiefs started the second half in determined mood and began to dominate up front. North Tawton's scrum was slowly taken apart and the lineout produced good ball through Paul Collins at the front. Argaum pressure finally told when Paul Collins drove over after a 5 yard scrummage, Darren Wills converting, and the scores were levelled. North Tawton began to lose their discipline and lost a player to the sin bin as well as conceding a penalty which Darren Wills converted from 30 yards out; 13-10 to the vistors. How Argaum didn't score again is something of a mystery as most of the last quarter was spent near the Tawton line but the treacherous conditions coupled with good home defence meant that repeated Argaum attacks were repelled. A late flurry up the field by Tawton was defended well and Argaum held out for the all-important victory which made the coach journey back to Plymouth all the more pleasurable. (RB)
Argaum Team : Tomlinson, Quigley, P.Morgan, Hall, Wills, Critchley(c), D.Morgan, Venkort, Henderson, McDowell, A.Webb, Collins, Robertson, Foster(Truscott), Belli.

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