Hayle 31, Liskeard-Looe 3
HAYLE continued their steady climb up the table with another workmanlike win in this battle of the Cornwall & Devon League's Lions at the Memorial Park on Saturday.
However, it was Liskeard who started the stronger, putting Hayle under pressure from the off, before the home side eventually got going and on 19 minutes a driving line-out close to the Liskeard line saw Tony Matthews crash over to open the scoring. Martin Strick added the extra points.
Hayle continued to press but could not breakdown the Liskeard defence until the 37th minute, when Liskeard had a man sin-binned for killing the ball and then winger Rob Goodman crossed on the blind side from a Hayle scrum.
Liskeard fought back from the restart and were awarded a penalty which Mark Moody converted to make the score 12-3 at half time.
Hayle started the second half strongly and within three minutes of the restart fly half Scott Harvey made a break from 25 metres and went in under the posts. Strick's conversion made the score 19-3.
Four minutes later man of the match Harvey was back on the score sheet, this time backing up a fine Danny Clackworthy break to again go under the posts. With the try bonus point secured, Strick did the business with the boot to give Hayle a comfortable 26-3 lead.
Liskeard did not give up, even if the game was all but out of their grasp and they threatened the Hayle line on several occasions. But the home side were always willing to play and on 69 minutes replacement Talan Daniels touched down after a move sent the ball wide and Liskeard ran out of defenders.
The last ten minutes were evenly contested and Liskeard will be disappointed not to have scored. They continued to attack from deep but found the Hayle defence in uncompromising mood.
For their part, Hayle kept pressing until the end and crossed the line again only to be called back by referee Gary Jones for an earlier offence.
Liskeard showed that they are a better side than their league position suggests, but Hayle's were well worthy of their maximum points victory.
With St Ives' match at Withycombe postponed Hayle move up to fifth place in the table.
Hayle: D Clackworthy, J Nicholls, B Pow, A Thornton, R Spear, D Miles, M Rashleigh, T Matthews, M Strick, S Harvey, D Arnull, J Cameron, S Murray, R Goodman, R Cutter. Reps: D Penrose, T Daniels, N Mitchell.
Scorers: Hayle: Tries: Matthews, Goodman, Harvey (2), Daniels. Cons: Strick (3). Liskeard: Pen: Moody.
The Pirates Amateurs' match at Wessex was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Camborne Colts 17, St Ives Colts 37
ST IVES emerged victorious from their trip to Camborne in Division One of the Cornwall Colts League after producing a very committed performance.
They played down the slope with the wind behind them in the first half, and grabbed an early lead with a try for scrum half Joe Rouncefield.
More touchdowns followed from Ed Jane and flanker Joe Gibson, but Camborne responded well with some good play from the back row and punished St Ives with two unconverted tries in the middle of the first period. The Hakes finished off the first-half scoring with a touchdown for prop Jack Hill, his first for the club following many seasons of loyal effort and service.
Fly half Lewis Narbett was successful with a penalty and a conversion to make the half-time score 25-10 to St Ives.
The second half began with Camborne looking to take full advantage of the slope, but the Hakes had other ideas, and Jane crossed for his second try of the match.
Camborne only managed one converted try during the whole of the second period to underline the effort and commitment of the young Hakes, who finished off the scoring when Joel Ninnes skipped around the home defence to dot down near the posts, and fly half Narbett converted.
St Ives Colts: S Chandler, Nicholl, Bassett, McClary, Jane, Narbett, J Rouncefield, Hill, Bishop, J Stevens, Kesty, West, Gibson, Curnow, Parton (capt). Replacements used: Ninnes, Fowler, Morris.
St Ives U9s went down 14-13 at home to Helston on Sunday.
In his first game for the Hakes, Felix displayed some awesome tackling and ran in two tries and was unanimously voted man of the match.
Other notable performances were from Seb, with the most improved performance, and captain Edward whose efforts led to two great tries, his first of the season.
St Ives U9s: Edward (capt, 2 tries), Cian (3 tries), Felix (man of the match, 2 tries), Olly (2 tries), Jack (1 try), Tom, Seb, James (1 try), Will (1 try).