Senior Match Reports (131)
Chiefs & Wanderers
After holding their opponents to a 6 interval lead, the Jesters were forced to give way to experience, and Argaum A won by 3 goals and tries to one goal. Tries were scored by Sugden (2), Major (2), Dunne, Gibson, and Burns for Argaum, and conversions were made by Whiting (2) and Bennett. Stuttaford touched down for the Jesters, and Reed converted.
Although Argaum lost Metters. their full-back, early in the game, the fourteen reshuffled players were still able to win by a goal to nil. The College had a lively, fast-moving pack, which held its own during a pointless first half. Argaum's superiority rear of the scrum . then became apparent. Daly, at scrum-half, kicked ahead after a blind side run and touched down for Douglas to convert.
Two of the strongest teams in the Plymouth Combination met a gruelling game at the Brickfields, and Argaum, with the heavier and more vigorous pack, ran out winners by two goals to one penalty goal. Yendell, Young, and Close stood out in the visitors' fast-moving back division, but they were foiled by keen marking and the adverse conditions. The civilians' tries —one in each half resulted from concerted dribbles. Blackburn and Douglas touched down, and the latter goaled both tries. Wreford and scrum-half Daly worked hard for the winners.
The speed and dash of their " threes" paved the way for Argaum's victory at Roborough by a goal and five tries to one try. Launceston dominated the lineout during the first half, and after Pooley's opening try levelled the score through Hitchins. The Cornish club's defence fell away when Magill cut through the centre to score and convert, and further tries were added by Sugden (2), Dunne, and Griffiths. Argaum's pack decisive.
Play at Roborough was confined largely to the forwards. After holding Argaum to a 6-5 lead and dominating the line-outs and tight scrummages, the visitors lost Williams and with him much of their fire. Timoney. Dobell. Gibbs, Major, Dunne, and Whiting touched down for the home team and the lastnamed added a penalty. A conversion was made by Sugden. Excell scored for the Regiment and May converted.
Although the match at Dartmouth was closely contested open play was restricted by the monotonous touch finding of the home team, several of whom lacked experience. With the slope in their favour the Plymouth club attacked fiercely. Major's attempt to drop a goal fell just short, and a good follow up by Gourlay and Griffins saw the last named cross over. Magill adding the extras. In the loose the Dartmouth for- wards were well led, but their quick heeling from the tight went unrewarded.
With forwards and backs combining well in handling moves and loose rushes. Plymouth Argaum , romped home easy winners of an open game at Roborough by three goals and three tries to a try. The sailors lacked experience as a team, but were well represented at fly-half by Organ and by Lee. at wing-three-quarters, who made their only score. Argaum's tries came from Rhodes, Kirk, Wreford, Blackburn and Gilbey. Baker. Dalv and Bennett adding goal points, the last named from a very difficult angle.
Depleted Argaum A's first defeat of season.
Fielding only fourteen men Argaum A suffered their first defeat of the season at Torpoint, their only reply to the home total of a goal, 3 penalty goals and a try being a solitary penalty goal from Magill The visiting backs, denied an adequate scrum service, were literally faded out of the picture. Williams goaled three penalties for Raleigh, and converted a try by Ross. After a brilliant interception Boyes raced through to score an unconverted try.
Two well-matched packs monopolised most of a rather scrappy game at Cross. Argaum, hard hit by injuries, managed to win by two tries to nil, but failed to exploit to the full their " outside " supremacy. Scrum-half Daly crossed from the blind side of a scrummage during the first half, and Douglas followed up a diagonal kick to add a second try. Baker led the winners' pack well, and Palmer was cool at full-back. Horsham distinguished himself In the home eight.
Roborough. Plymouth Argaum won their Boxing Day game against O.P.M.s by a solitary try to nil. Play was hard and robust, but movement generally lacked polish. W. Hitchins heeling well, the virile home forwards controlled the first half, and ten minutes from the interval Douglas, at stand-off. received and crossed over after a 30- yard run. In mid-field the visitors' backs looked dangerous, with Beamish prominent at centre, but their attacks petered out against an alert defence. Argaum came near to increasing their lead when Douglas went just wide with a drop kick. Ball and Mutton, the respective full-backs, were in excellent form, and Blackburn stood out in the winners' pack.
North Tawton had Plymouth Argaum as visitors on Monday. Argaum played one short. Half-time arrived with the score sheet blank. On the resumption the visitors started passing, but Stoneman was safe, and transferred play to the other end. The home team kept up the pressure, and from a line-out Palmer scored, for E. Ford to convert. Ford next scored for the homesters after a breakaway by F. West, but the goal kick failed. North Tawton still pressed, and after a forward rush R. Stoneman scored. From a forward rush Lyddon scored for the visitors and Cleverly converted. W. West next scored for North Tawton. and towards the close he scored again, and Ford converted. North Tawton thus winning by 2 goals 3 tries (19 points) to 1 goal (5 points).
Played at Blundell's, Tiverton, in a downpour of rain. The scholars soon attacked through a fine run by Brooks, who picked up in mid-field, outpaced half-a-dozen opponents. arid kicked over Mathison's head. The visitors subsequently dribbled to the homesters end, where Richmond scored. Blundell's showed far better combination than the visitors, and Bryant, after a good run, was pushed into touch near the line. Brooks, however, succeeded making a try after a very pretty run. In the second half Blundell's continued to show good combination, and Brooks and Little were prominent with good runs. Moon for the visitors showed good dribbling, as also did Richmond and Heard. After some even play Lugg kicked a penalty goal for the visitors. Blundell's retaliated with a determined attack, and Little almost scored. Brooks, however, dodged in from a scrum and Chesney goaled.
The visitors Bank Holiday were .Plymouth Argaum, a Services' team that has made a name for itself in the past two seasons, with many notable wins to its credit. Except that Collins took the place of Savory, the Barum team was the same as on Saturday, Argaum comprising Beer; Burch. Bregan, Hawk, Ward; Heard, Pearce; Pool, Martin, Beever, Hodge, Heard, Keen, Daly, Jolley. Conditions were again against good football—rain and hail fell during the second half, making ball and ground very heavy—but there was another rattling display. Barum featured at the start with open work, and securing from a scrum Peel was nearly over. Then Bregan, Hawk, and Ward, initiated a fine round of passing on the visitors' side, and Bregan scored grandly, Beer converting. Barnstaple again gained the upper hand, and Peel raced over at the corner, but the three points were not improved upon. Onwards Argaum's defence was severely tested, but half-time they were two points to the good—a goal to a try. Shortly after the re start H. S. Jones only missed dropping a goal by inches, whilst Kingdon, after a clinking run presented to an opponent after he had looked like scoring. Barnstaple kept up the pressure, and Peel aroused much enthusiasm another fine try following rousing rush. A few minutes later Fewings kicked, followed up and tackled, and Stribling racing up carried over the line with another try. Argaum now had a look in, but soon Barum removed the venue, and Casey led up to a splendid try Snow. When Argaum again attacked it was to score through Daly, who ran some little distance down the touch-line. Onwards, Barnstaple were predominant, but without further result, the homesters winning by four tries to one goal and a try. Argauni proved a level resourceful side: but were really not in it with Barum. All the raggedness and lack, finish play noticeable until quite recently has now disappeared; and the whole team now performs like clock work. The President (Dr. J. R. Harper), himself a great footballer in his day, enthusiastically declared that Barum is now good as in the palmy days, and coming from such an acknowledged authority, this is praise indeed.
Play at Beacon Park favoured Argaum, but good work by the home backs prevented a score. Pearce once struck the crossbar in attempting to drop a goal, and soon after another attempt by Keen missed by inches only. The latter half was more evenly contested. Hutchings was the star performer the Albion ranks, while Keast and Rowe were always prominent. For the visitors none did better than Beer, and Pearce was always dangerous. The game ended in a point-less draw.