Wednesday 21 August, 2019, by Ollie MastersSalcombe began their pre-season match preparations in the best way possible in front a big crowd with a narrow win over local rivals Dartmouth who arrived with a large squad. In what was a hard-fought victory on a very fast playing surface the Crabs defended for their lives at times but also made the two genuine attacking opportunities count coming away with a converted try thanks to number 8 Keiron Clarke and a penalty from his brother and Fly Half Lee. There will be a lot for the coaching team to take away from this performance especially with some high profile absentees. Notable performances from centres Liam Wills and Archie Trevarthen, Hooker Ben Woods and try scorer Clarke but Man of the match went to Anselm Lally for an industrious and abrasive performance from openside flanker.
More important than the match however was the return to Two Meads of Jack Howitt, whose mum has given the following piece “The last 6 months have certainly been a roller coaster for Jack. At the start of the year Jack had developed epilepsy, unfortunately this meant he had to return home from Cardiff where he was studying sports analysis degree. Since then MRI scans have shown two tumours on the left side of his brain. 6 weeks ago Jack went to Derriford Hospital for a biopsy and unfortunately this caused a large bleed on the brain and has left Jack with paralysis down his right hand side. Jack is currently at a neuro rehab’ ward learning to walk and use his right arm again. Thank you for all your support, we really do appreciate it.”
Jack was able to take up his position as backs coach on Thursday night and everyone at the club was delighted to have him back.
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