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Torrington shake off 'shocking start' to beat Topsham in Devon One

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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TORRINGTON recovered from a "shocking start" to battle to their second win in Tribute Devon One.

A late try by Blaine Quinlan, converted by Nick Evans, secured a 15-7 victory over Topsham at Donnacroft.

It was a welcome result against another of the division's early strugglers.

Adrian Avery, the Torrington captain, said: "It wasn't a pretty game but a win is a win.

"We went behind in the first couple of minutes. It was a shocking start but we managed to regroup.

"In the last 15 minutes we were all over them and it was only a matter of time before we scored and kept the bonus point away from them, which could be quite important.

"It's a high priority to push up the league as much as we can so we have got to win these games and not give anything away."

Will Dawes made the most of Torrington's slow start, crashing over for a try converted by Jack Knowles.

A moment of fortune got Torrington back into the game when two defenders failed to deal with a punt and the ball landed in the hands of Ben Harper to dive over the line.

Evans added a penalty to give Torrington an 8-7 half-time lead. Then, in the closing minutes, Quinlan, the scrum half, dived over after a series of close-range scrums.

Torrington will be keen to avoid an upset when Old Technicians, the unbeaten Devon Two leaders, visit in the Devon Junior Cup on Saturday.

"I always think the top two of the division below are capable of doing well against the bottom few in the division above," said Avery. "We want to have a decent cup run so we will be putting out a full-strength side."

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