Redruth put a stop to their losing run with an exciting 29-17 win over Blackheath in National League 2 at the Recreation Ground on Saturday. With many pundits predicting another defeat foer the Reds against an in-form “Club” side Nigel Hambly’s charges secured all five league points to keep the pressure on the chasing pack. Despite trailing to an early try, Redruth hit back to tie the scores before half-time with a try by Mark Bright.
During the second half Redruth scored three tries in a seven minute spell through Luke Collins, Lewis Vinnicombe (who earlier got yellow carded for a technical offence) and Craig Bonds, a try described by David Penberthy as the best try scored at Redruth in many a long year. Hooker Owen Hambly rounded off the try scoring with the Reds’ fifth. Some big performances from Emyr Lewis, Mark Bright and James Mann. Credit to Blackheath for their performance in making it a great game on Saturday.
Mount’s Bay helped their cause with a 12-0 win at the Mennaye against Blaydon. Ben Hilton and Sam Parsons scored the Bay’s tries with Doug Sanft kicking a conversion.
After the euphoria of their win against Redruth the previous week, the Cornish All Blacks undid all the good work from that win with last-gasp defeat at Stourbridge losing 37-36. Despite going 14-0 down Launceston hit back with a try from Marc Dibble converted by Mal Roberts who then added a penalty. Sam Hocking’s try put the CAB’s in the lead. Stourbridge levelled with an Ali Bressington penalty, before Mike Myrescough scored for Launceston to re-gain the lead once more. A Stourbridge try levelled the scores at 24 all at half-time. Stourbridge nudged ahead with a penalty before Glenn Cooper scored a fourth try for the CABs. Hamish Mitchell scored a fifth try and all looked set for another win, but Stourbridge had other ideas with Bressington’s boot and a Martin Freman try denying the blacks putting an end to their promotion hoped for this season.
In National League 1 a morale boosting win on the road for the Cornish Pirates at Rotherham as the Pirates got revenge for their defeat against the Titans at Camborne. The 34-28 win was just the tonic before their National Trophy tie at Nottingham on Sunday. Tries came via Marika Vakacegu (2), Darren Dawiduik (on for Rob Elloway who suffered a cheap shot injury, which required a hospital trip for the hooker and a deserved red card for his assailant!), Iva Motusaga, Jimmy Moore. Rhys Jones kicked three conversions and a penalty.
In the Tribute regional leagues, in South West 2 West, St. Ives had a good win at Avonmouth Old Boys 30-20. Hanno Dirksen scored a couple of tries for the Hakes with Tom Nicholas scoring a third. Karl Martin added 15 points with the boot.
In Western Counties West, Newquay v Kingsbridge was postponed and has been earmarked for this comming Saturday.
Wadebridge Camels routed Camborne 37-3, with Herbie Stupple scoring a couple of tries, other scores came from Dan Briskham, Jake McCarroll, Tom O’Donnell and Ben Miskowicz. McCarroll kicking a couple of conversions and a penalty. Joe Parma kicked a penalty for Town.
Bude had no joy as Cullompton trounced the homeside 53-0 to maintian top spot.
In London 3 SW London Cornish got back to winning ways with a 14-9 win at Effingham & Leatherhead, Dickon moon’s report is in the link
In the Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn maintained their top spot with a 46-3 win at home to OPM’s. Six tries for the Borough through Taron Peacock (2), Matt Biggins, Darren Pellow (2) and Justin Doney. Five conversions and two penalties for scrum-half Dave Pascoe back at the Borough after a spell at the Reds.
Truro are in second spot just behind Penryn after defeating Carrick rivals Falmouth 33-0 at the Rec. Five tries for the city side through Mark Lea, David Moyle, Rikki Brandon, Tim Gay and Tristan Nolan. Ross Martin kicked four conversions.
No joy for Hayle at Wellington where the Somerset side won 36-0, nor for Saltash at Crediton as the Devonians won 45-3, Steve Down kicked the solitary Ashes’ penalty.