Photo – Ben Priddey scored Redruth’s second try against Old Elthamians
It really did look like the upset of the season was on the cards at Dry Leas as Launceston raced to an 18-0 lead at the break thanks to tries from Jamie Salter and Matt Shepherd, who also kicked eight points.
The Hawks got their act together in the second half turning the game on it’s head to race into a 29-18 lead.
Launceston rallied thanks to a second try from Shepherd and one from full-back Billy Searle, who has certainly impressed this season to finally end up losing, again by a single point 29-28!
You can read Conrad Sutcliffe’s match report in the link.
Also in National League 2 South Redruth got the required win over Old Eltamians 22-10. The visitors were lively but found the Reds defence up to the task.
Despite trailing to an early penalty from OEs, Redruth struck back with a good try from scrum-half Greg Goodfellow converted by full-back Murray Westren who also landed a penalty to lead 10-3 at half-time.
The Redruth pack gradually wore down the visitors with flanker Ben Priddey being driven over in the Piggy Lane Corner for try number two. Westren couldn’t add the extras but was on-hand to convert fly-half Rhodri McAtee’s fine try following a trademark break from Goodfellow, which replacement prop Jess Tompsett did well to link with McAtee to create the try.
OEs had the final say when their impressive winger Renford Bennett cut in from his wing to score a converted try.
Bill Sobey’s WMN report in the link.
Friday night saw the Cornish Pirates travel to the Richmond Athletic Ground to take on London Scottish in the Championship. The Pirates gave a good account of themselves before finally succumbing 27-15, with former Redruth star Matt Bright once again on the score-sheet for the Scots exiles. Hooker Tom Channon bagged both tries for the Pirates with Kieran Hallett kicking a penalty and conversion.
Match report in the link.
In the Tribute South West 1 West league a mixed day for both Cornish clubs on the road. St. Austell did their survival prospects a power of good with a 46-9 win at bottom side Cullompton.
The Saints crossed for eight tries through Liam Freeman, Ben Chenoweth, Dan Pearce (2), Alex Welland (2) Hugh Noot and Callum Wilson.
Camborne had a day they will want to forget, a long coach trip with a breakdown en-route was not the ideal preparation for a game in the Forest of Dean and so it proved as they travelled home pointless from a 16-8 defeat at Drybrook. Dave Mankee kicked a first half penalty with full-back Alex Ducker getting an un-converted try on 60 minutes. That result leaves their play-off chance slim to say the least.
In Tribute Western Counties West, the Exeter University affair continues to rumble on and a final decision still seems to be weeks away.
Truro will be disappointed to only pick up a losing bonus point from their trip to Sidmouth 26-25. Tries were scored by Jake Seviour, Ashley Riches and Chizzy Gilbert with Seviour dropping a goal and Matt Cross adding a penalty and two conversions.
Wadebridge Camels continue to show improved form fighting back from a 15-0 deficit at Wellington to win 24-15. Gary Gynn (2), Dan Briskham and Matt Harvey scored the Camels’ tries with James Grubb kicking a couple of conversions. That’s six wins on the trot for the Camels.
Penryn beat Torquay Athletic 12-7 with James Willey and Andrew Seviour getting their tries with Jack Salisbury adding a conversion.
St. Ives lost at Kingsbridge 69-7 with Tom Chandler scoring their only try converted by Jacob Ninnes.
In London 2 SW, London Cornish shook off their cup disappointment from last week with a workman like 13-3 win at Portsmouth to stay third in the table. Both tries were scored by No.8 Mark Osei-Tutu with Luke Spells kicking a penalty.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Saltash stay top following their 19-7 win at Honiton. Tries were scored by Sean Crawford, Lewis Wells and Ben Tolan with Todd Crofts adding two conversions.
Hayle recorded a much-needed win at home to struggling South Molton 24-5. Tries for the Lions came via Alex Thornton, Ben Edwards and a brace from Doug Arnull, Scott Harvey added two conversions.
Falmouth ground out a 8-3 win over visiting Bodmin. Nick Carne scored the Eagles only try with Alex Sutheridge dropping a goal. Dan Pooley kicked a penalty for Bodmin.
Bude won at Exeter Saracens 24-19. Dave Gregory, Matt Williams, Charlie Wotton and Joe Wilson got the four tries in the bonus point win with Olly Denford kicking two conversions.
Liskeard-Looe’s game against Pirates Amateurs was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Congratulations to Newquay Hornets who secured the Tribute Cornwall League 1 title with a 34-8 win at home against nearest challengers Veor.
Camborne School of Mines are back up to third following their 53-38 win at Stithians.
Perranporth defeated Illogan Park 38-5 at Ponsmere Valley, whilst Helston won at Roseland 19-18.
In Tribute Cornwall League 2, St. Agnes and Lanner drew for the second time this season this time 16 all. Lanner having completed their league program, lead St. Agnes by five points. To pip Lanner, St. Agnes will need to win by 100 points in their final league game at Redruth Albany.
Camelford also completed their program losing 24-10 at St. Just but they are assured of finishing third.
Next weekend is catch up for most of the leagues with some national cup games as well.
Sunday sees Cornwall play Devon in the Under 20 County Championship at Ivybridge kick-off 2:30 pm.