Brixham have finally got their hands back on the Fisherman's Cup
FULL-BACK Fergus Grantham slotted a last-minute conversion from close to the touchline to give Brixham under-16s a dramatic 36-35 win over Withycombe in the final of the Fishermen’s Cup, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Brixham RFC were the driving force behind the creation of the competition in the mid-1970s, but for 28 long years the club’s own team had not got its hands on the cup.
And as time was ticking down at Astley Park in this season’s final it seemed Brixham’s unhappy association with the Fishermen’s Cup was about to continue.
Withycombe had come from behind to lead 35-29 with barely a minute remaining on referee Andy Boraston’s watch.
Just when it seemed all over Brixham turned the ball over after restart kick and forced their way back down the field with hard carries from the forward pack. The Fishermen won a penalty at the breakdown and fly-half Will Kingsley powered over for a try that left his side 35-34 down.
The ground fell silent as Grantham stepped up to kick the conversion, which sailed through the middle of the posts to give Brixham the win they had waited so long for.
Andrew Medley, the Brixham coach, said it was a game won the hard way against tremendous opponents.
“We faced a first-rate team from Withycombe, who matched their forwards’ power with an excellent kicking game,” said Medley.
“We wanted to play at pace and managed to find one or two gaps for crucial scores.
“We are indebted to coaches, staff, and supporters all the way through the club for the incredible support we received and in our preparations for this match.
“Thank you also to Devon RFU and the match officials for organising and managing a fabulous occasion.”
Brixham’s try scorers were Kingsley (2), Kai Kidd, Jake Jones, Rory Medley and Grantham, who also kicked three conversions.