After three successive defeats in National League 2 South, Redruth finally got their first win of 2014 with a battling performance against fellow strugglers Bournemouth by 21-10.
Three tries set up by the Redruth forwards all finished off by Ben Priddey, whose try scoring exploits capped a fine performance.
Other notable contributions came from lock Damien Cook and tight-head prop Jess Tompsett both of whom carried a lot of ball.
Good to see former head-coach Nigel Hambly back at the club helping out.
I am sure that current head-coach Ashley Morcom will benefit from Nigel’s experience that can only help the Reds in their current predicament.
It’s a vital few weeks for Redruth with fellow strugglers Exmouth (away) and Dings Crusaders (home) next up. These are two games that Redruth will need to take points from preferably maximum points.
You can read my match report in the link from the WMN here.
And yes I am aware that on line 5 the score should read 21-10, not 12-10. It was not I who wrote that!
Also in National League 2 South another defeat for the Cornish All Blacks on the road this time at Bishop’s Stortford 34-7.
Launceston had a total of five players sent to the sin-bin as they fell foul of the ref in a big way. At one point they were obliged to play for 20 minutes with just 12 men!
You can read Nigel Walrond’s match summary from the WMN in the link.
Disappointment too, for the Cornish Pirates in their Championship match up at the Richmond Athletic Ground against London Scottish. Kieran Hallett gave the Cornishmen a useful 6-0 lead with a couple of penalties before a storm literally hit them and the exiles captained by Mark Bright scored twenty-five un-answered points to put a dent in the Pirates’ play-off ambitions.
You can read Dick Straughan’s match report from the WMN in the link here.
Also Ian Davies’ post-match reaction in this link.
In Tribute South West 1 West, it was a day of what ifs?
St. Austell would have been hoping to maintain pressure on the leaders with a home match against Thornbury. But when the visitors went 14-0 up the Saints knew they had a battle on their hands.
Tries from Paul Winterbottom and Ashley Taylor along with eight points from the boot of Matt Shepherd put Saints ahead 18-17 with time almost up. Failure to find touch proved costly as Thornbury got field position and earned a last-gasp penalty to snatch the win.
Camborne’s game at Clevedon was abandoned mid-way through the first half with the home side leading 6-0 when one of the goal posts collapsed.
It looks like this game will now be played on Saturday 22nd February, which should have been the date for Camborne’s county cup semi-final against Penryn.
Wadebridge Camels found it tough going at high-flying North Petherton losing 20-12. Tom Rowe and Rich Trevealen scored their tries with James Grubb kicking a conversion.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro lost ground as their winning run was brought to an end at St. Ives as the Hakes won 17-12. To compound Truro’s frustrations on the day player/coach Josh Lord was given his marching orders near the end by the referee!
The match was concluded with un-contested scrums after St. Ives prop Ben Wheeler was sin-binned near the end!
Eggy Williams put St. Ives ahead with a penalty before Truro hit back with a converted try from Jake Champion.
Williams added the extras to a penalty-try award just before half-time, for which Lord was sin-binned.
In the second half a quick tap penalty put Lewis Vinnicombe away for his first try for Truro since signing from Redruth 12-10 to Truro.
St. Ives Kelvin James scored a breakaway try eight minutes from time, which Williams converted to seal a vital win for St. Ives.
Bude got the win at bottom of the table Paignton 26-15. Will Kingdom, Duncan Tout, Ryan Butler and Joe Wilson got the tries for Bude with Olly Denford kicking three conversions.
Penryn’s match against Kingsbridge was postponed. As was London Cornish’s match in London 2 SW.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth defeated Newquay Hornets at the Sportscentre 24-3. Simon Bailey (2), Justyn Irons and Josh Symons scored tries for the Eagles with Irons kicking two conversions.
James MacFarlane kicked the Hornet’s only points with a penalty.
Saltash defeated Exeter Saracens 55-0 at Moorlands. Max Venables had a personal haul of thirty points with three tries, three penalties and three conversions.
Hayle overcame Veor at Wheal Gerry 34-21. Tries for the Lions came through Talan Daniels, Rob Cutter, Neil Mitchell, Alex Thornton and a penalty-try award. Dan McGee kicking the other points.
For Veor, Kevin Mankee scored three tries with Graham Mankee kicking a couple of penalties.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, it was a battle of the top two with champions Liskeard-Looe defeating runners-up Bodmin 29-11, the game also counted towards Group D of the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup.
In Tribute Cornwall 2 Lankelly-Fowey won at Camelford 26-7.
Many congratulations to Launceston’s Ben Hilton who has again been called into the England Counties squad for this Friday’s match against France Fédérale in Nevers.
Counties will be looking to retain the Jean-Claude Baqué Cup that they regained last season when defeating the French 27-7 AT Ealing Trailfinders.
Desperate hard luck to Truro School who went out of the Nat West Bank Cup to Stowe after drawing at home to their opponents 6-6 this afternoon. Stowe advance as the away side.
Rob Coote was part of the England Students side that defeated Portugal 30-16 in Lisbon last Friday and is in the mix when the Students take on French Universities in Blois this Friday evening.
Lauren Chenoweth starts at inside-centre for the England Women’s U.20 side to play the French in Beauvais this Saturday lunch-time.