A CLINICAL first half helped holders Ivybridge progress in the National Colts’ Plate competition by beating Chippenham 29-5 at Cross-in-Hand on Sunday.
The young Bridgers led 22-0 at half-time, with three tries coming within a 20-minute spell.
The home team added another try after the break before Chippenham finished strongly but the visitors could only manage one try for their efforts.
Jay Toogood gave Ivybridge the lead with a penalty after just three minutes.
Seven minutes later lock Adam Walker showed good power and pace to go over for the game’s opening try, which Toogood converted.
Marcus Prout, who had scored for Ivybridge’s first team the day before, added a second try for the club’s colts on 20 minutes, going over from a scrum. Toogood again converted to make it 17-0.
Chippenham had a decent amount of territory and possession but never really looked like breaking Ivybridge down, whereas the home side looked dangerous every time they got the ball.
Winger Sam Lillie scored a great try just before half-time, avoiding a tackle and running in from halfway.
Prout added his second – and Ivybridge’s fourth try – 15 minutes into the second half from close range.
But after that Chippenham dominated territory and possession. A number of times it looked like the visitors would score but Ivybridge produced some great last-gasp defence.
In the dying minutes, Chippenham did get a try that they deserved but it was no more than a consolation effort, with Ivybridge progressing to the fourth round a competition they have won twice in the last three years.