I was at a muddy St. Clements Hill in Truro for their Tribute Western Counties West match against Penryn on Saturday.
The Truro committee and members did a sterling job on Saturday morning getting the pitch in a playable condition at kick-off time.
They were rewarded by another fine display from their side as they recorded their seventh win on the bounce 24 – 0 over the “Borough” in pursuit of the target set by Josh Lord of winning their next ten games following the defeat to Burnham-on-Sea back in early November.
When you walk into a clubhouse you generally pick up by the vibes how a club is doing and there is no question that there are good vibes up St. Clements Hill right now, the same can be said at Camborne and though I haven’t thus far been there this season, St. Austell.
You can read the special report I did for the TASC website in the link here.
Just to round off the other games involving Cornish sides in this league on Saturday. Bude got themselves a welcome win 24-22 against Okehampton at Bencoolen.
The Seasiders scored four tries through Duncan Tout, Joe Wilson, Jake Keat and Phil Horton. Olly Denford bagged two conversions with his second effort bagging the win.
St. Ives’ match at Torquay was called off due to a water-logged pitch.
On Friday evening a late try gave Ulster Ravens a 27-23 win over the Cornish Pirates at Belfast Harlequins’ Deramore Park ground.
It left the Cornish boys sweating it out for 24 hours to see if they had done enough to earn a home quarter-final.
Results went their way over the weekend and they ended up as third best seeds and can look forward to the draw next Monday 27th January.
Dick Straughan’s WMN match report in the link
In National League 2 South, in difficult conditions Redruth went down to a third straight league defeat at Taunton 16-5. Ben Priddey scored their only try. Read Ed Bawden’s WMN report in the link
The game at Polson was called off late in the day, so Ampthill & District will be making another trip to the banks of the Tamar!
In Tribute South West 1 West, despite a truncated program there was plenty of drama.
Camborne narrowed the gap near the top with their 15-6 win over table toppers Cleve.
First-half tries from hooker Sam Bartle and winger Rob Floyd saw the Cherry and Whites turnaround 10-3 up.
In the second half Bartle grabbed his second try to ensure the win and put Town back in the frame challenging for promotion.
Read Martin Symons for the Packet report in the link
St. Austell’s game at Weston Hornets was called off.
Wadebridge Camels, who this week learned that the five points they had been docked by the Cornwall RFU in relation to referee abuse had been upheld by the RFU, got a welcome boost on the field with a 37-12 win over Coney Hill. Tries were scored by Will Pengelly, Matt Ballard, Gary Gynn, Gavin West, Jake Grubb and Tom Rowe. James Grubb kicked two conversions and a penalty.
London Cornish’s game against Tottonians was again postponed due to a water-logged pitch.
The Tribute Cornwall & Devon League was hit hard by the weather.
Falmouth defeated Veor 65-0 at the Recreation Ground. Josh Simmons scored three of the Eagle’s eleven tries with Justin Irons kicking ten conversions.
Hayle lost at Withycombe 19-12. Dan McGee kicked all the Lion’s points.
Pirates Amateurs lost at Tiverton 37-0.
All other games involving Cornish clubs were postponed.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Bodmin’s 27-12 win over Helston guarantees them the runners-up spot and a play-off in April against the runner-up in Tribute Devon 1 for the final promotion berth into the Cornwall & Devon League.
Camborne School of Mines 24-0 win at St. Agnes confirmed Aggies’ return to Cornwall 2 next season.
The other games were postponed.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, St. Just defeated St. Day 34-0 to confirm their runners-up spot and promotion back to Cornwall 1 next season.
Champions Illogan Park completed their league program with a 31-13 win at Lankelly-Fowey, whilst Redruth Albany look set to finish bottom of Cornwall 2 as they couldn’t field a side at Camelford.
With the league season virtually complete for the Cornwall 1 & 2 sides, attention turns for the rest of the season to Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup action.