There was hardly a dry eye in the house when on 77 minutes of Redruth’s National League 2 South encounter against Worthing on Saturday winger Nathan Pedley took his leave for the final time.
The length and warmth of the ovation he recieved said it all as the Redruth faithful stood as one to acclaim one of their favourites for the final time prior to his leaving for a new life in Australia, as so many of his fellow Cornishmen have done in the past.
Peds had for the final given his all for the red shirt, in the dressing room before the team came out he’d promised to give everything for his final game and asked his team mates to do like wise for him in his final game. They certainly did that.
The icing would have been a try-scoring finale, it wasn’t to be, but he came mighty close at the beginning of the second half in the lead up to Chris Fuca’s first try. It was his day and a result to cheerish as well as all the other memories and achievements in a ten year career in the Redruth first team.
You can read my match report from the Redruth v Worthing match here in the link
Next Saturday is the return fixture with Launceston at Polson Bridge and as Dave Penberthy reminded us during the post-match presser, Redruth have never won there in the league. Both sides have got a bit of form though Launceston were unlucky to lose at Clifton on Saturday. It promises to be a titanic affair with no quarter asked nor given. There will be changes to the Redruth side, centre Tom Cooper’s loan period from the Cornish Pirates has now ended and he will hope to feature, injuries permitting, in the Pirates’ British & Irish Cup match against Welsh Premiership side Cross Keys on Sunday at the Mennaye, kick-off 2pm. Aaron Penberthy could also feature in that game!
Launceston’s match report against Clifton from the Western Morning News can be found in the link here once again our player of the year Ben Hilton got on the scoresheet.
News broke on Thursday that Ryan Westren, who had been on loan with the Cornish All Blacks, had asked the Cornish Pirates to be released from his contract so that he could join Championship side London Scottish. Westy never really got a chance to show his skills down at the Pirates for various reasons, but I am sure everyone will want to wish him well with his new club. We will all be looking out for Scottish’s results as they look to climb the table.
The Cornish Pirates played up at Leeds on Sunday and a late Mike Stephenson try for the hosts condemned the visitors to a 14-13 defeat, another frustrating loss on the road.
You can read Dick Straughan’s report from the Western Morning News in the link here
The other main topic today is the announcement that delays will mean that the Stadium for Cornwall will not be ready in time for any of the 2012/13 season. This is a blow to everyone concerned with this important project for sport in Cornwall. You can read more in the link from BBC Radio Cornwall in the link here
In Tribute South West 1 West, a good win for Wadebridge Camels at Chosen Hill by 29-3 with tries from Dom Hawkey, Dan Lumb, skipper Gary Gynn and Sam Stone.
Camborne, for whom Lewis Vinnicombe made his debut, lost at Sidmouth 23-17, despite the home side playing with just thirteen men for the final quarter following two red cards. Sam Matavesi got the Cherry & White’s try with Dave Mankee kicking four penalties.
Penryn lost at home to Brixham 19-18 with former Borough player Ian Morgan helping the Devon fishermen to the win. Luke Lester and James Mann got the tries for the Borough with former Falmouth player Matt Horton kicking the points.
The draw has been made for the Tribute Cornwall Cup semi-finals, ties are due to be played w/e 17th March 2012. Finals day will be on Easter Saturday 7th April 2012.
In the Cornwall Cup
Bude v St. Austell
Camborne (hldrs) v Wadebridge Camels
In the Clubs Cup
St. Just v St. Day
Helston v Saltash
Note Clubs Cup semi-finals are no longer played over two legs.