Nomads back to winning ways

Joseph Bulmer

NOMADS notched their first Devon Merit Table victory since early January with a hard-fought 24-12 win over Topsham IIs.

In the early stages the visitors had most of the possession and territory and it was no surprise when they scored the first try after putting the Nomads’ pack under constant pressure.

A rare break out of defence saw Nomads pull the score back to 7-5 with a flying run by wing Mitch Barclay before Topsham scored a second try to lead 12-5 at the break.

Injuries to the influential Jason Turner and replacement hooker Andrew Beauchamp meant stand-in Stephen Durdy stepping in to the front row for the first time since his school days.

With fly-half Shaun Woodhead directing operations, the backs started to feed off the extra possession provided by a resurgent pack.

Wing Lee Faux ran in a couple of sparkling tries with Barclay adding another to take the game away from the visitors. Woodhead landed two conversions.

Toby Richards had a fine game, stepping in to the scrum-half role, and props Pete Seward and Richard Squire were constantly in the thick of the action.

Centre Harry Walter took the man of the match award with a fine all-round display both in attack and defence.