Ashley show Taylor made for Hornets in win romp
Newquay Hornets 56, Pirates Amateurs 10
NEWQUAY Hornets produced one of their best performances of the season to record an emphatic league win at the Sports Centre on Saturday.
Ashley Taylor helped himself to four tries, and others were added by Andy Burbidge, Tim Eustice, Liam Freeman and Hughes.
A heavily depleted Amateurs side producing what club chairman Paul Greaves admitted was comfortably their worst performance of the season.
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With 12 first team players missing through a combination of injuries and holidays, while others were attending team-mate Steven Kent's wedding, the Amateurs were always going to be in for a difficult afternoon.
They had no answer to a dominant Hornets side, for whom Taylor was in rampant scoring form. while Freeman converted all eight of his team's tries with an impressive kicking display.
Winning the toss and choosing to play into the wind, the Amateurs fell behind with only 92 seconds on the clock when Burbidge crossed for the opening try which Freeman converted.
The Amateurs hit back after 11 minutes with an unconverted try from their newly-elected club captain Leigh Edwards, but from then on it was all one-way traffic with Eustace, Taylor and Freeman all going over for tries, with Freeman adding the extras with the boot.
Trailing 28-5 at half-time, the visitors suffered a double blow either side of the interval when scrum-half Trev Dugdale was yellow carded, before they also lost skipper Edwards with a knee injury.
Taylor completed a second half try hat-trick for the Hornets, and although blind-side flanker Aaron Hall crossed for a consolation try, the Amateurs were a well beaten side.
The Hornets are on their travels in the league tomorrow when they take on struggling Plymouth Barbarians.
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