Photo – Ben Priddey scored the Reds’ opening try
It was certainly an excellent weekend for the mining division sides as both the Cherry and Whites and the Reds got wins on the road.
Let’s start with Camborne and their first ever win at Avonmouth Old Boys 29-23 in Tribute South West 1 West.
Despite trailing 10-0, Town hit back with a try from flanker Jamie Goldsworthy with Ben Stean adding the extras.
Trailing 13-7 at the break, Camborne got a great start to the second half as No.8 Dave Roberts claimed a pushover try.
Sam Matavesi, again in rampant form, and no doubt inspired by his trip to Twickenham the previous evening, set up a try for young winger Harvey Jones.
The bonus-point try arrived via lock Ben Kemp’s powerful charge with Stean again adding the extras.
Roberts bagged his second try, Camborne’s fifth, and despite a late rally by the home side Camborne held on for a good win.
In National League 2 South a third win for the Reds on the trot 23-22 at newly promoted Bury St. Edmunds sees Redruth second in the league, just behind Taunton.
Redruth suffered a late scare when the home side missed with a long-range penalty attempt at the death.
Despite missing a few key players, and being forced to replace three players during the opening 25 minutes, the young reds stepped up to the mark big time.
Murray Westren opened the scoring with a penalty before Bury hit them with two tries to lead 12-3.
Ashley Hosking kicked a penalty with Bury replying in kind just after half-time.
Ben Priddey then scored the Reds first try with Brett Rule adding a second try shortly after. Both scores were converted by Hosking for 20-15 lead.
Hosking then added a second penalty for an eight point lead.
Redruth defended stoutly, but Bury grabbed a converted try to set up a tense finale with the Reds holding on at the final whistle.
In contrast the Cornish All Blacks suffered a third loss, going down at Polson to leaders Taunton 38-12.
There was a host of familiar faces in the Taunton line up with Struminski, Webb, Kingdom, Chapman and Hales all having worn the black shirt.
Jon Dawe and Eddie McGinley scored tries for the All Blacks with Chris Swash kicking a conversion.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro won the Cornish derby against Wadebridge Camels 27-21 at St. Clements Hill.
Luke Tidball, ‘Eggy’ Williams and Tom Evans were among the try-scorers, Alan Armstrong kicking the rest of the points.
For the Camels, Matt Ballard, Mark Grubb and Jack Scott scored tries all converted by James Grubb.
St. Austell got back to winning ways defeating Cullompton 21-14 at Tregorrick.
Tries were scored for the Saints by Konnor Ewudzi (2) and Andy Inch, all converted by Andy Ashwin.
Disappointment for Penryn as Torquay Athletic picked up their first win of the season 41-22 at home.
Borough’s tries were scored by Strick, Jordan Rose and Adam Hughes with Strick kicking a penalty and two conversions.
Devonport Services remain top following their 27-21 win at Moorlands against Saltash. Will Morton and Jason Carroll scored tries for the Ashes with Max Venables kicking three penalties and a conversion for a losing bonus point.
Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish lost their opening league fixture at KCS Old Boys 27-21.
In the Tribute Cornwall and Devon League, Falmouth made it three wins from three with a tight 25-24 win against previously unbeaten Plymouth Argaum.
It was the boot of Justyn Irons that did the damage with six penalties and the conversion of Raphael Baragwanath’s try.
Bude won the Cornish derby at Hayle 26-15 to remain unbeaten. Pick of Bude’s tries was their second, a forty metre break by Kyle Speare. Other scores came via Black, Tout and Wilson with Dan Pearce converting three.
For Hayle, Tony Matthews and Ashley White scored tries.
St. Ives made it three wins with a 39-24 triumph at Honiton. Tom Chandler (2), Jess Tompsett, Ben Jenkins and Lewis Thomas scored tries for the Hakes, with Grant Thirlby’s boot kicking two penalties and four conversions.
Newquay Hornets lost at Tavistock 16-11. Ed Pearce scored a try and Ian Morgan slotted a couple of penalties.
Pirates Amateurs ran riot at Exeter Saracens winning 67-17! Tries were scored by Steve Evans (2), James Barrett (3), Matt Stevens (2), Rob Cutler and Jack Lonsdale (2). Lonsdale also added a penalty and seven conversions.
Bodmin are finding their second season at this level tough losing for the third time, 39-15 at Paignton.