IN a cup-tie against a team that finished in the top six of Midlands Division One last season, Camp Hill produced one of their best results in recent times.
The Shirley team came from behind on three occasions to deservedly seal the narrowest of victories and gain their place in Round Two of this season’s North Midlands Cup.
Centre Matthew Curgenven gave Newport an early lead with a penalty, but before the first 15 minutes had elapsed, Camp’s centre Ian Briggs’ two penalties gave his side the edge.
Play remained highly competitive for the next 20 minutes before a breakaway move from inside the Camp Hill half was sealed by right wing Dan Duggan, with Curgenven kicking the conversion before adding his second penalty soon afterwards.
Newport’s right wing replacement Rob Obeng-Manu reduced Newport’s deficit to two points at 11-13 just seconds before the half time whistle.
The contest continued in similar vein after the break, and despite a third penalty from 30 metres out from Briggs, home side Camps went behind again soon after, with a further Curgenven penalty adding to their tally.
Play reverted back into the Newport territory and from an ensuing ruck, a beautifully engineered move involving fly half Jim Oliver and Obeng-Manu released Briggs, who burst through to score before adding the all-important conversion.