Pirates Amateurs 32, Falmouth Eagles 8
THE Amateurs further eased their relegation worries as they produced probably their best performance of the season to beat high flying Falmouth at the Mennaye Field on Saturday.
The visitors are a well organised outfit under former Cornwall coach Phil Angove, and after a strong start were first to put points on the board with a penalty from Justin Irons after six minutes.
However, within a minute the Amateurs levelled matters when they were awarded a penalty of their own in front of the posts and Rhys Brownfield made no mistake with the kick.
The hosts needed some immense defensive play from their back row, with the likes of scrum half Steve Kent and Charlie Goldsworthy working tirelessly to keep Falmouth at bay, before the visitors were reduced to 14 men when James Dobson was yellow carded.
The Amateurs started to put the Eagles under pressure and as tempers started to flare Falmouth found themselves another man down when a scuffle broke out and Falmouth's Toby Mears was sin-binned along with Pirates hooker Danny Toolan. But despite their sin-binned players returning to the action it was the Amateurs who scored the first try six minutes before half-time when Ryan Forrester raced onto a kick over the Falmouth backs to score a typical poacher's try. With Brownfield's conversion falling just short the home side went in 8-3 in front at half-time.
From the restart the Eagles went straight on the offensive but it was the home side who extended their lead after two minutes with an excellent team move. Gaining possession from a line out, the ball was worked through several pairs of hands before Leigh Edwards cut inside to score a try which Brownfield converted.
With the visitors again reduced to 14 men when captain Simon Bailey was yellow carded for dangerous play, the Amateurs added another try after 55 minutes with Forrester breaking through four tackles before diving over the line. Brownfield again added the extras.
With Eagles heads dropping, two minutes later Aaron Hall latched on to a loose ball in the in-goal area to add another converted try.
The Pirates continued to defend solidly and when they were awarded another penalty Brownfield completed the home side's scoring, before right-wing Tom Edmonds scored a late consolation try for the visitors which was unconverted.
This Saturday the Amateurs make the short trip to Hayle for a local derby (2.30) while Falmouth look to bounce back at home to league leaders Exeter University.
Pirates Amateurs: N Hichens, A Hall, R Forrester, B Eddy (c), J Nicholas, R Brownfield, S Kent, L Edwards, C Goldsworthy, D Ross-Nicholl, B Britain, M Stevens, M Nicholas, D Toolan, K Brownfield. Reps (all used): L Hollis, B Noyce, A Snell.
A reunion for past and present Pirates will be held at Westholme on Saturday March 8, when the Amateurs entertain Veor.
For further details contact Scott Dugdale on 07745 189 922.
The annual Tamar Cup match between the Cornwall and Devon senior teams will take place at Polson Bridge, Launceston on Wednesday April 30, with the kick-off time to be confirmed.
It will be the first match in charge of the Cornwall team for new head coach, former England hooker and ex-Plymouth Albion chairman of rugby Graham Dawe.