There were plenty of smiling faces at the Recreation Ground after the final whistle on Saturday following Camborne’s 29-7 win against Weston-super-Mare.
Two tries from No.8 James Goldsworthy and further touchdowns by Ben Kemp and Harvey Bell along with points from the boot of Dave Mankee did the business for Town.
Biggest smile of all was on the face of Liam Chapple, back for another stint at Camborne having been appointed as Director of Senior Rugby last Sunday so to get a bonus point win was just the start he wished for. “I am really pleased with that result, from the first training session to game day the boys have brought in to what I want to do. I am not going to get above myself after today, there is still a huge job to do but this result was just what the club needed at this moment.
Another bonus for the club was that for the first time this season they were able to field two recognised second rows. “It was very important to finally get Damian Cook and Ben Kemp back today, they both have a lot of experience and that showed out there today. Kempy has been out for twelve months and to play seventy minutes on your return was a big ask but he acquitted himself really well.
“All the lads played well and showed character when it mattered, near the end we were down to fourteen men after Cooky’s yellow card but we dug in and showed spirit to keep them out, that to me was very telling.
Chapple now wants his side to replicate home form on the road and with their next game at Newbury Blues who are also in the relegation mix, Chapple knows that a good result in Berkshire could go a long way in defining Camborne’s season. “Today’s result is done and dusted, we move on to plan for next Saturday, a big game at Newbury, we have a job to do up there, if we can replicate the spirit and endeavour we showed today then we will have a chance.
Chapple was full of praise for his No.8 James Goldsworthy. “He’s a class act he’s shown why the county selectors look at him, for a young man he’s played a lot of rugby and I felt he fully deserved his man-of-the-match award today.
Chapple also had words of praise for some of his new backs that he has not coached before. “I’ve only met some of these lads last Tuesday at training and been impressed. Harvey Bell looks a very, very good player, whilst Declan Matthews in the centre carried very strongly, the conditions out there today were horrendous but I thought the handling and skill level was impressive, they tried things, always looked to attack. That’s the style of play I want us do, it’s not good going through games and just going through phases, you have got to look to attack and score and build a lead.
I asked Chapple how vital it was for Camborne to stay at this level. “It’s vital for the club not just on the pitch but off it as well. Everybody has worked so hard over the years to get back to this level and move the club forward. The right attitude and commitment we will stay up, we will have a positive mind set going forward, it’s in our hands.”