Elloway seeks home comfort after another defeat on road
WESTERN COUNTIES WEST
Burnham-on-Sea 37, St Ives 12
ST IVES suffered a heavy defeat on the road for the second successive week as they conceded six tries against a strong Burnham-on-Sea side in Somerset.
In what was always going to be a tough fixture the young Hakes side had to cope with the unavailability of skipper Ben Taylor and back row Sean Stevens and then fell behind to an early unconverted try.
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Centre Josh Semmens breathed hope into the team when he levelled the game with a touchdown of his own but Burnham took control with two quick tries from Tim Piper and Matt Maka.
They added another just before half-time through Richard Muskett with Alan House and Michael Hocking scoring further tries after the break.
St Ives had lock Todd Prisk sin-binned late in the game and finally scored again three minutes from time when Treve Polglase scored under the posts with Jacob Ninnes converting.
Next up for them is their first home fixture of the season on Saturday when they take on Tavistock at Alexandra Road (3pm).
The Devon side narrowly went down at home to Penryn last Saturday and with another tough road trip to Teignmouth to round off the month, St Ives head coach Rob Elloway knows that his young squad need to make home advantage count this week.
He said: "The fact that this is a home game for us makes it a bigger match than last week and we have to make sure that we go out and apply ourselves with passion and pride from the start."
"The boys in the squad all work in and around the town so it means a lot to them and they will all really want to do well for the club and the fans."
Elloway admitted that he doesn't know an awful lot about how Tavistock will play but did confirm that Ben Taylor will be straight back into the side for Saturday.
He added: "Despite the defeat at Burnham the boys played pretty well and worked hard all game. We have got a young squad as I have said before and we have to make sure that we build and build with every match."
But as for the St Ives game plan for the weekend Elloway was remaining tight-lipped.
He said: "How we approach the game will depend on the weather because it can get quite rough on top of the hill at our place.
"Hopefully the forecast will remain quite fair for Saturday but we will just have to wait and see."
CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE
Saltash 23, Pirates Amateurs 16
DESPITE being decimated by work commitments, holidays and injuries a patched-up Amateurs side pushed a strong Saltash outfit all the way before succummbing to a narrow defeat at Moorlands Lane on Saturday.
The visitors deserved credit for fulfilling the fixture at all with no less than 17 players unavailable for selection. Many of those that did make the long trip were forced to play in unfamiliar positions and all deserved great credit for what was in the circumstances an outstanding team performance.
The Amateurs put the home side under pressure from the start but it was the Ashes who were first to put points on the board with a Max Venables penalty.
Saltash extended their lead on 16 minutes with a try by Steve Hillman which Venables converted.
Kelvin James slotted a penalty to reduce the arrears to 10-3, only for Saltash to score a controversial second try four minutes before the interval when Will Horton crossed the line and the score was allowed to stand despite an apparent knock-on.
James kicked another penalty right on half-time to make it 17-6 at the break and five minutes after the restart landed a drop goal from 30 metres to put the Amateurs firmly back in the game.
And following another spell of pressure scrum half and captain Ashley Weston spotted a blindside opening to bundle h, is way over the line, with James adding the extras with a superb touchline conversion to reduce the deficit to only one point at 17-16.
The Amateurs were caught napping from the restart, however, allowing Venables to kick two quickfire penalties which were to prove decisive as the home side hung on to clinch a slender victory.
Despite starting the season with back-to-back defeats the Amateurs again came away with their helds held high, with a number of players producing outstanding individual performances. Skipper Weston led by examply with an outstanding display, Charlie Goldsworthy completed his first match in more than a year, Ben Brittain shone at No8 while wing Jonny Badcock and Luke Hollis at the lineout enjoyed excellent debuts.
This Saturday the Amateurs entertain Honiton at the Mennaye (3pm).
Pirates Amateurs: S Kent, J Badcock, A Snell, K Brownfield, J Nicholas, K James, A Weston, P Cook, J Lugg, D Toolan, M Nicholas, L Hollis, D Ross-Nichol, C Goldsworthy, B Brittain. Reps used: K Brownfield, C Stevens; not used: S Dugdale.
The Amateurs 2nds home match with St Ives was postponed due to a player shortage.