BRACKNELL RFC produced their best performance of the season to shock table-toppers Camborne 29-27 at Lily Hill Park last Saturday.

Daniel Ap Dafydd’s men began brightly, but despite the visitors being reduced to 13 men following a pair of sin-binnings, it was Camborne who took the lead courtesy of a David Mankee penalty.

However, the home side hit back and went in front when Ben Sanderson rounded off a quality backs move, Ben Nowak obliged by adding the extras.

Camborne edged back in front on 20 minutes when Sam Matavesi broke from a scrum on the Bracknell five-metre line, dotting down before Mankee converted to make it 10-7.

A topsy-turvy first half ended with Bracknell back in front after a superb break from fly half Antony Fitch enabled Chris Brember to cross for his side’s second try. Nowak’s conversion made it 14-10 at the interval.

The Lily Hill men extended their advantage after the break when Stuart Mackay went over following an impressive driving maul from the forwards, and although Camborne hit back with an unconverted try of their own, they were reduced to 14 men when Matavesi saw red for biting Ben Yates.

Yet their fourth try put them back in front, 22-19 ahead, before Bracknell again reclaimed the lead when Kim Plant went over, Nowak adding the extras to make it 26-22.

A fifth try for Camborne gave them a one-point lead, but with only seconds left on the clock, Bracknell won a penalty which Nowak slotted to give the hosts a fantastic win.

Bracknell travel to basement boys Bromsgrove on Saturday (2.15pm kick-off).

  • CROWTHORNE suffered a disappointing 29-0 defeat at home to high-flying Drifters in their BB&O Premier clash.

Crows have a week off but will hope to return to winning ways following a brace of defeats when they visit Hungerford on December 10 (2.15pm kick-off).