If you wanted tries then Camborne Rec was the place to be last Saturday as twenty tries were scored with the Cherry and Whites bagging nineteen of them!
Camborne’s 123-7 win over Sidmouth in Tribute South West 1 West was just the tonic they needed following the previous week’s loss at Bideford.
The whole back line got on the score-sheet with wingers Rob Floyd (4) & Alex Ducker (3) accounting for seven of the tries, Dave Mankee bagged a brace & fourteen conversions for a personal haul of 38 points.
Other try scores in the backs were Joel Matavesi, Joe Parma, Dean Pascoe & Richie Kevern, whilst amongst the forwards the back row of George Hall Cameron Bone and skipper Dave Roberts all got on the score-sheet as did locks Ben Kemp and replacement lock Olly Reynolds, whilst hooker Sam Bartle made sure the front row weren’t forgotten.
With Cleve and leaders St. Austell drawing 25-25 just three points cover the top four. The Saints picked up an extra point at Cleve scoring four tries through Matt Shepherd, Callum Wilson and a brace from winger Ben Chenoweth, Dan Pearce kicked a penalty and a conversion.
St. Austell who have just three league fixtures left are back in action this Saturday when they entertain Clevedon with five points an absolute must.
Camborne have four games left but only one more at home now travel to second place Hornets this Saturday needing to reverse the result at the Rec last November when the visitors brought the Cherry and Whites fine home run to an end winning 34-17.
Wadebridge Camels lost at home to Thornbury 17-5 and our now 11 points behind Clevedon and safety with four games left! Richard Treleaven got the Camels sole try.
In National League 2 South, Launceston finally put a stop to their poor run with a welcome win over Taunton at Polson Bridge. Centres Ryan Westren and Neilson Webber scored the Cornish All Black’s tries with Kerion Lewitt adding a conversion and Jake Murphy a penalty.
The win takes Launceston out of the danger zone for now!
Bill Sobey’s match report from the WMN in the link
Redruth despite a brave performance were well-beaten at leaders Hartpury College 48-12. The students scored seven tries to the Reds two. Redruth try scorers were Sam Parsons and John Stevens with Ashley Hosking adding a conversion.
The result sees the Reds slip closer to the relegation battle beneath them and know that they will need a win this Saturday at home to third place Ampthill & District to keep their heads above water.
Read Ed Bawden’s WMN match report in the link
In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro’s 30-5 defeat at Kingsbridge has probably seen the end of their hopes of a play-off spot for this season. Tom Hatfield scored their only try.
Coaches Josh Lord and Mark Richards can be justly pleased with Truro’s efforts this season and know that they should again be able to mount a serious bid for promotion next term.
Bude helped their cause in the relegation scrap with a welcome 24-15 win at home against Torquay Athletic. Ryan Butler, Joe Wilson, Matt Williams and Ben Hancock all scored tries with Olly Denford kicking a couple of conversions.
St. Ives currently sit in one of the two relegation berths along with already relegated Paignton. Saturday saw them travel with just 16 players to Wellington which resulted in a 37-8 loss. Craig “Eggy” Williams kicked a penalty and Jack Kessell scored a try for the Hakes.
Penryn’s match at Okehampton was called off due to water-logged pitch.
In London 2 SW, London Cornish recorded another good win against Winchester 40-5. The exiles ran in six tries with Luke Spells notching up fifteen points. The result puts London Cornish 4th level on points with third placed Trojans with a game in-hand.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League with Exeter University and Tiverton having long ago tied up the promotion berths for this season, principal Cornish interest is centred at the wrong end of the table.
With Veor, defiantly and Newquay Hornets, probably, set to return to Cornwall 1 next season, Pirates Amateurs are not clear of battle for the third relegation spot.
Still they helped their cause winning at the Sportscentre against the Hornets 43-10.
Falmouth remain the best placed Cornish side currently 5th defeating Honiton 29-20at the Rec with AJ Geech scoring a hat-trick of tries.
Saltash won the derby at Hayle 22-16. Will Morton, Max Veneables and Steve Kelly scored tries for the Ashes with Veneables kicking the other points, whilst for Hayle Joel Cameron scored a try with Dan McGee kicking the rest of the points.
Veor gave Exeter University a good run going down 36-21 at Wheal Gerry.
In the Cornwall Clubs Cup Illogan Park defeated St. Day 84-0.
On Sunday in the RFU Greene King Championship the Cornish Pirates defeated Nottingham 17-11. Kyle Moyle scored a couple of tries with Craig Holland also getting on the score-sheet.
Bill Sobey’s WMN report in the link
Ian Davies’ match reaction in the link
Next Saturday the Pirates travel to the Brickfields to take on Plymouth Albion.
Congratulations to Pirates’ hooker and German International Rob Elloway who has been invited to play for the Barbarians in their fixture against Clontarf FC on April 24th in Dublin.
Whilst still with the Pirates good news for skipper Gavin Cattle who this week signed a two year deal with Pirates as a player/coach.
Cornwall have eight players who have been invited to take part in the South West Under 20 trial at Keynsham RFC on Sunday April 6th. They are prop Tyler Gendall, hooker Jack Innard, lock and Cornwall captain Todd Prisk, flanker Neil Stanleick, scrum-half Connor Swan, full-back Jack Kessell, winger Luke Tidball and centre Ashley Taylor.
Note flanker Neil Broadbank was also selected but sadly an Achilles injury has ended his season.