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South Molton strike late to beat Torrington in Devon Junior Cup final

By NDJSport  |  Posted: April 27, 2013

South Molton celebrate with the trophy after beating Torrington in the Devon Junior Cup final

South Molton celebrate with the trophy after beating Torrington in the Devon Junior Cup final

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South Molton have beaten North Devon rivals Torrington to win the Devon Junior Cup.

They scored 15 points in the last 15 minutes to come from behind and win 20-8 in front of a crowd of about 250 at Unicorn Park this afternoon.

After an early try for the outstanding Harry Kingdon, South Molton led for 50 minutes before Ben Harper crossed to put Torrington ahead.

The home side hit back instantly, though, with a try by Dan Smith.

And the barnstorming No 8 added another before Dom Stoneman put the result beyond doubt with a penalty in the last minute of normal time.

Torrington will look back on three missed penalties – which got progressively easier – by Nick Evans.

It meant that despite having the better of the second quarter of the match, they went into half time trailing 5-0.

South Molton went ahead on 12 minutes when Courtney Lucas stepped past two tackles and fed Kingdon, who had done well to stay in support. The fly half showed great pace to beat the remaining defenders and score by the corner flag.

A high penalty count did Molton no favours as Torrington got themselves into the game.

Even when the visitors had Gavin Mitchell, the blind-side flanker, sin-binned they were more than a match for Molton.

And the 14 men got their first points three minutes after the break when Bill Ellis, the impressive full back, took the kicking duties and slotted a penalty from in front of the posts to reward a spell of pressure.

After Torrington had held firm against a spell of South Molton pressure, Jack Horwell nearly got on the end of a kick in the right corner but the ball bounced just out of his grasp.

On 63 minutes, their patience was rewarded after a series of phases in the Molton 22 as replacement forward Harper stepped out of one tackle and inside another before diving over the line.

Ellis missed the conversion but Torrington had the lead at 8-5 and were on course for an upset against a side who had beaten them twice in Tribute Devon One this season and finished 16 points above them.

Having finally got in front, they may have relaxed, though. From the restart, Blaine Quinlan's clearance kick was run back hard by Molton and when the ball found its way to Smith there was no stopping him as he rampaged down the right touchline.

Five minutes later, Andy Webber and Doyle both nearly got to the line before Smith picked up and showed them how it is done, powering through under the posts.

Stoneman knocked over his first successful kick and added another with the last-minute penalty to ensure South Molton would add the cup to last season's Devon Junior Vase triumph.

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