Sat, 12 Oct 2019
NEWBURY Blues fell to a 16-28 home defeat against Launceston at Monks Lane in the South West Premier division.
Blues captain Dan Thorne opened his side's account after five minutes when they were awarded a penalty, and just four minutes later they scored their first try.
Some silky play from the Newbury forwards resulted in James Lewis scoring on the right-wing, but Thorne's kick couldn't be converted.
Ryan Westren pulled one back after 13 minutes before a penalty from the visitors leveled the scores 10 minutes later.
A further penalty and try from Launceston's Torin Clarke had them 8-18 ahead at half-time.
Blues began the second-half in strong style, Chris Atkinson scoring a try after just one minute to reduce the deficit.
Both sides scored from penalties, but the away side made use of a maul and Brandon Rowley crossed the line and wrap up the points.
Newbury will have to dust themselves down ahead of an away trip to Maidenhead next weekend, before a three-week break from the league.
A full match report, images and match reaction will be available in next week's Newbury Weekly News - out on Thursday.