Apart from sending off It's all friendly stuff after walkover
Friendly: Hayle 3 St Ives 20
THERE was disappointment at the Memorial Park on Saturday, when Hayle's scheduled CRFU Tribute Cornwall Cup first round tie against St Ives could not go ahead, writes Patrick Rescorla.
This was because the visitors were unable to field sufficient registered players.
So Hayle had a 'walkover' into the second round, where they will be away to Saltash who beat Veor 79-14 in their first round tie.
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With so many Cornwall Cup fixtures not being played over recent years, administrators will no doubt be again looking for ways to make this competition more attractive.
However, a game did go ahead as a friendly, with St Ives fielding several guest players, with both teams wanting to prepare for Saturday's start to the league campaign.
Hayle started strongly, putting St Ives under pressure and on 12 minutes were rewarded when Stefan Osborne kicked a penalty.
St Ives though fought back and from their first serious attack, fly half Jamie Semmens went in under the posts, Josh Palmer converted to make the score 7-3 to the visitors after 20 minutes.
St Ives continued to attack and prop Tyler Gendall crashed over to make the score 12-3. The conversion was missed.
Hayle fought back, finishing the half strongly, and only some desperate St Ives defence stopped Hayle from scoring, leaving the home side 12-3 down at the break.
St Ives started the second half at full speed and on 42 minutes they produced an overlap and No8 Graham Corin crossed in the corner, putting them 17-3 ahead.
From there on it was a fairly even contest with defences dominating, both teams came very close but could not add to their scores. The St Ives cause was also not helped when centre Tom Nicholas was sent off after 62 minutes.
The only other score of the half was a 58th minute penalty from replacement Jamie Prisk to leave St Ives 20-3 winners.
This was a typical early season encounter, with lots of commitment but too many dropped passes and missed tackles.
Hayle will be disappointed that they did not convert the many chances they created, but will be pleased with the team spirit and willingness to play an expansive game.
They are now looking forward to this Saturday's visit of Tiverton in the Cornwall & Devon League.
St Ives will again look to talisman Neil Corin, who came on at half time and gave them more structure, when they mark their return to Western Counties West after promotion with a trip to Penryn.
Hayle: Adam Strick, James Nicholls, Danny Clatworthy, Tom Barber, Phil Tonkin, Rob Goodman, Josh Heath, Tony Matthews, Stefan Osborne, Tom Murray, Talon Daniels, Scott Murray, Doug Arnull, Joe Chadwick, Louis Laity. Replacements: Luke Richardson, David Penrose, Rob Cutter, Richard Spear. Hayle scorer. Pen: Stefan Osborne.
St Ives. Tries: Jamie Semmens, Tyler Gendall, Graham Corin; Con: Josh Palmer; Pen: Jamie Prisk.