The Saturday prior to Christmas saw just our four National League clubs in action with only Mount’s Bay getting a win thus consolidating their top spot in National League 3 South.
It was vital for the Bay to post a win following their slip up the previous Saturday at Cinderford, this they did, though not without a fright from opponents Bridgewater & Albion winning 34-17. Bay scored a couple of early un-converted tries through Tom Outram and Lee Jarvis, before scoring a third just before the break by Jon Marlin to leave the home side 15-3 up at the break.
Bay lost flanker Steve Dyer to the sin-bin having previously seen full back Tim Mosey sit out a ten minute spell during the first-half. Albion prompltly scored a couple of converted tries to snatch a 17-15 lead after 64 mins. Bay stormed back lead by an inspired Richard Carroll who scored Bay’s fourth try and had a big hand in Bay’s sixth try scored by Chris Morris, sandwiched in between was a try for replacement lock Adam Nicholls, Jarvis kicked a couple of conversions to complete the scoring.
The Cornish Pirates gave Northampton Saints a good run for their money at Franklin’s Gardens in front of 12,868 crowd before losing 26-10 in National League 1. Winger Vunga Lilo intercept try converted by Gareth Steenson gave the Pirates a 7-3 lead after 18 mins, that was a good as it got for the Pirates as they fell foul of replacement referee Greg Garner on numerous occassions thereafter! Trailing 16-7 at half-time an early Steenson penalty proved to be their only points of the second half as the Saints confirmed the win scoring a conveted third try to deny the Pirates anything from the match.
Up at Polson the Cornish All Blacks slow start saw them lose yet another home match trailing 27-3 at half-time with just a Jon Fabian penalty to show for their efforts, Matt Jess’ try in the second half was mearly a consolation for the All Blacks as they remain rooted to the foot of the table.
Not a good day for Redruth in National League 2 as they hoped to get out of the bottom three, instead they were well-beaten at Stourbridge 34-0 with a number of players picking up injuries! At least the Reds have a week’s rest to prepare for the visit of Southend on January 5th in what will be a vital game for their survival prospects in League 2.