Borough unable to build on huge win
Wellington 34 Penryn 21
PENRYN travelled to Somerset on the back of their half century win at home to Tavistock the previous week to face a Wellington side boasting an identical record to The Borough of three wins out of six.
Penryn had every right to be high in confidence and were in a determined mood to notch their first away win of the season and if the start of the game was anything to go by, it looked a distinct possibility.
They put the home side under immediate pressure and pressed hard and took the lead they richly deserved.
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Penryn found themselves in the Wellington 22 with a line out and after a ferocious driving maul, powered their way over the try line for a 5-0 lead with Grant Randlesome getting the touchdown.
Andrew Seviour slotted the difficult touchline kick to put them 7-0 up.
Penryn were in control at this stage, but paid the price for the fast pace of the game when Wellington made the most of an overlap when Penryn defenders were sucked in at a ruck, Wellington captain Lloyd Wilcocks was the beneficiary with Mark Nichols converting to level the scorses.
The rest of the half turned into a real battle. Following the sin binning of Wellington's Lee Wadham Penryn had several chances on the home try line but lacked that clinical edge to punish the 14 men.
Then on the stroke of half-time Penryn were down to 14 themselves when flanker George Jones was sent to the bin following a scuffle that broke out on the touchline.
Wellington took full advantage slotting a penalty goal to take a 10-7 lead into the break.
The home side started the second half far stronger and stretched their lead to eight, when Micky Norman went over from close range.
Penryn however, did not panic and got themselves immediately back in the game after a superb period of defence.
They launched a superb counter attack deep in their own 22 and after putting the ball through several pairs of hands, captain Jordan Rose scythed his way over the try line and with another Ducker conversion Penryn trailed by just a point.
But sloppy work from the restart handed Wellington good field position and with broken Penryn bodies strewn across the field, Robin Trott cantered over and Nichols again converted.
The home side took the game further away from Penryn shortly after when Nichols went over for a try of his own, and Wellington's fourth for the bonus point.
Penryn looked dead and buried at 27-14 down but stormed back when Alex Ducker scored a remarkable solo try after catching the ball deep in his own half, before weaving and stepping his way past countless defenders and finishing superbly with an electric turn of pace.
Ollie Evans' conversion put the Borough back in bonus point range and in sight of victory even at the late stage of the game.
Wellington though confirmed victory and snatched the bonus point away from Penryn at the death, following the introduction of Dave Sims from the bench, the hosts caught and drove Penryn over the line with Dan Moore credited with the score and Nichols converting to finish the scoring.
Penryn host Truro at the Memorial Ground this Saturday.
Truro 3 Okehampton 11
TRURO'S inability to take their chances condemned them to their second home defeat of the season on Saturday.
The visitors were much more clinical, scoring a first half try and two second half penalties with the home side's only response a second half penalty by Chevvy Reed.
And it all left coach Phil Angove a frustrated man.
He said: "The difference between two well matched sides was that Okehampton took their chances and we didn't.
"We were against the wind in the first and as we trailed just 5-0 I was quite confident we could get something from the game.
"But we missed several kicks and dropped the ball too often in good positions.
"We at least deserved a losing bonus point and it was the first time this season we have not got something from a game.
"Our games against Okehampton are always tight affairs decided by fine margin.
"Like many teams we have to make several changes ever week because of the availability of players and that does not help.
"But that is the way of the world in an amateur sport, though it is frustrating.
"You just cannot get any rhythm or consistency going."
Angove now turns his attentions to Saturday's trip to local rivals Penryn, though admits he is yet unsure who will be available.
"We are looking forward to it and it should be a good game," he said.
Hayle 21, Newquay Hornets 19
HAYLE completed a rousing second half fight back to claim a welcome second Cornwall & Devon League victory of the season at the Memorial Park on Saturday.
This Cornish derby attracted a good-sized crowd, boosted by Hayle's minis playing Newquay before the senior game.
The Lions started the first half well, scoring a converted try in the first six minutes with Martin Strick adding the extras after Talan Daniels touched down.
But the rest of the half belonged to Newquay who capitalised on Hayle's numerous mistakes to score tries through flanker Harry Pendrick and prop Chris Ricketts.
One of the scores was converted to give Newquay a 12-7 half-time lead. Soon after the break Newquay scored another converted try by Ashley Taylor who sprinted fully 80 metres to dot down, with Johns converting.
The Hornets looked to have an unassailable lead at 19-7, but Hayle gave themselves hope with a try on 50 minutes from Sam Newman after a break by Aaron Benton, with Strick again converting.
With the Hayle scrum now dominant and with consistent pressure on the Newquay line, the Lions drew level at 19-19 in the 78th minute with a try from Joe Chadwick.
Strick's successful conversion from wide out was loudly greeted by the home supporters a short time before the final whistle sounded, leaving the Lions to celebrate a famous victory.
This Saturday Hayle travel to Plymouth to play OPMs (3pm).
Hayle: Tries: Daniels, Newman, Chadwick; Cons: Strick (3).
Newquay Hornets: Tries: Pendrick, Ricketts, Taylor; Cons: Johns (2).