RUGBY: Chippenham 31 Brixham 33
CHIPPENHAM threw away a 17-point lead and surrendered their unbeaten home record as Brixham stormed back to claim a pulsating National Three South West triumph at Allington Field.
In a feast of attacking rugby, both sides played an open game but it was the hosts who started the better, wrapping up a try bonus point by half time.
They opened their account six minutes in as wing Ryan Surry scored, adding his second three minutes later with fly-half Harry Taylor converting.
Brixham hit back through number eight Jarryd Harris on 16 minutes, fly-half Ben Lovell converting.
But home scrum-half Lewis Surry followed his brother by crossing for his side’s third score.
Brixham score again on the half hour through winger Tom Goodman , Lovell again converting, but Chippenham skipper Bobby Lyons’ direct running continued to cause problems and he brought up the bonus point four minutes before the break, Taylor converting as he did minutes later as lock Sam Hill touched down.
Chippenham continued to press during the opening phase of the second half, despite being hampered by injuries to Taylor and full-back Sam Saunders.
But on the hour, the Brixham fightback started as captain Dylan Flashman touched down, Lovell converting.
Ten minutes later, Brixham recovered from losing prop Liam Gooding to the sin-bin, as winger Harry Davies scored.
Then, deep in injury time, a visitors’ rolling maul was joined by backs and, with Chippenham adjudged to have pulled it down, a match-winning penalty try was awarded, LOvell’s easy conversion snatching the victory.
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