CORNWALL LEAGUE 2
REDRUTH ALBANY 13 – 14 ROSELAND
By Bill Hooper at Trewirgie
As luck would have it the top two sides in Cornwall league 2 at the start of the day were scheduled to play each other on the Army’s presentation day to Cornwall 2 clubs.
Conditions were well nigh perfect at Trewirgie and we were entertained to a fine game, which saw Roseland remain in top spot in the league after this narrow win against Albany.
Roseland had the edge in the set-piece with their well-drilled forwards giving the Albany pack a torrid time. Albany looked sharper outside and looked to move the ball when they could.
Roseland opened the scoring after 5 minutes when fly-half Will Thomas kicked a penalty goal. Albany were soon level when their fly-half Derek Baker replied in kind.
Two further penalties by Thomas gave the visitors a 9-3 half-time lead. It seemed at that point that Roseland would build on their advantage, Albany had other ideas and hit the visitors with a very good try scored by their full-back James Hardy with Baker adding the conversion after 55 mins. Baker then increased the Albany lead with a drop goal putting the home side 13-9 up.
Roseland put in a big effort as time began to run out, they were denied a couple of tries by some determined Albany defence, however eventually Roseland set up a catch-and-drive with lock Will Palmer crashing over for what proved to be the match winning score.
A good game from both sides and a credit to Cornwall 2 rugby.
St. Just’s win over Callington sees them leap-frog Albany into second place with one more round of matches to be played on 14th April.
Roseland now two points clear of the Cape Cornwall side will be hoping to add some more silverware when they take on Liskeard & Looe next Saturday in the Skinners Brewery Cornwall Clubs Cup Final at Camborne.