Amateurs suffer more woe with fourth successive defeat
CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE
Exeter Saracens 18, Pirates Amateurs 0
THE Pirates Amateurs suffered a fourth consecutive defeat but their injury ravaged line-up again deserved great credit for putting up another battling display against a Saracens side who climbed two places to fourth in the table with a deserved victory over the league's basement side.
The visitors, already hampered by a crippling injury list were forced to include no fewer than seven players who were carrying knocks, this after losing two players who had failed fitness tests and were unable to travel.
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Club stalwart Scott Dugdale, 44, was also forced out of retirement and played at hooker while youngster Luke Hollis played through the pain barrier to complete the match after suffering an early injury.
After dominating the opening exchanges the home side opened the scoring after 17 minutes with a try from fly half Andy Clark, who had missed a penalty in front of the posts only seconds earlier.
Clark added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
The Amateurs suffered yet another blow after 34 minutes when they had replacement Danny Toolan yellow carded for an illegal tackle, and although there was no further scoring during the first half, the Saracens capitalised on their numerical advantage immediately after the break when Clark slotted over a penalty.
Two minutes later the Exeter outfit scored their second try of the game when wing Steve Kirk crossed the whitewash.
Clark was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt, but made amends with the final score of the game when he kicked a penalty on 56 minutes.
The Amateurs showed great spirit to keep going right until the final whistle, despite again being reduced to 14 men in the closing stages when Jack Nicholas became the second player to be shown a yellow card after lying on the ball.
This Saturday the Pirates will hope to have a few key players returning to full fitness for another daunting league fixture when they entertain a Tiverton outfit who have won all four of their opening league matches and occupy second place in the table. Kick-off at the Mennaye Field is at 3pm.
Pirates Amateurs: S Kent, J Oliver, J Nicholas, R Brownfield, A Hall, A Snell, A Weston (c), M Nicholas, S Dugdale, K Brownfield, L Hollis, C Butler, C Goldsworthy, C Stevens, J Badcock. Replacement used: D Toolan; not used: J Hoare.
CORNWALL LEAGUE TWO
Lankelly-Fowey 14, St Just 15
ST JUST began their Tribute Cornwall League Two campaign with a hard fought victory on the road over a much improved Lankelly-Fowey outfit on Saturday.
The Tigers started the game well and took the lead after ten minutes, with fly half Simon Barnes kicking a penalty. Five minutes later new signing Richard Humphries scored under the posts, with Barnes converting.
St Just continued to pressure the Lankelly line and after Mark Prowse came close to scoring, the visitors increased their lead on the half hour when Josh Richards touched down in the corner after good work from Matt Dove.
The hosts responded five minutes before the interval with a well-worked try, which was duly converted.
The hosts began the second half well and cut the visitors lead to single point with 20 minutes remaining after another converted try.
Lankelly continued to camp near the St Just line, but the visitors defence held out despite losing a player to the sin bin for the final ten minutes to give St Just their first league victory in 18 months.
St Just: Cock, Odendaal, Prowse, Marment, Stevens, Lea, A Richards, Humphries, Maddern, Barnes, Batten, Dove, Usher, J Richards, Oats. Replacements (all used) Douglas, Vernon, Jelbert.
This Saturday St Just RFC are holding a charity auction after their home match with St Day (3pm) in aid of Children's Hospice South West.
There are many items for auction, for more details go to www.stjust.co.uk. All welcome.