Rock bot­tom as Paign­ton lose at Win­scombe

RUGBY UNION

Herald Express - - Marketplace - BY CON­RAD SUT­CLIFFE

PAIGN­TON have hit rock bot­tom in the West­ern Coun­ties West ta­ble af­ter los­ing 19-14 at Win­scombe.

Bide­ford were below the Cher­ries go­ing into the lat­est round of fix­tures, but their win over Truro lifted them off the bot­tom.

Paign­ton had it all to do af­ter go­ing 14-9 down and for most of the se­cond half trailed 19-7. Mike Fletcher scored the try and Mike San­der­cock con­verted it. Two min­utes from time Jamie Michel­more dashed up the hill to cross for the Cher­ries and San­der­cock con­verted. That was a los­ing bonus point earned. Time ran out be­fore Paign­ton could do any­thing else about the deficit, which coach Ben Pas­sen­ger felt they were more than ca­pa­ble of.

“Five min­utes more and we could have won the game,” in­sisted the Paign­ton coach.

“Hav­ing said that we would not have been in that had we taken our chances in the first half.”

Close at­ten­tion for Brix­ham and Ex­eter Uni­ver­sity in the South West Pre­mier di­vi­sion on Sat­ur­day

Paign­ton are on the road again this Sat­ur­day when they travel to Sal­tash.

Kings­bridge had no game last Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon as their game against Sal­tash was a ca­su­alty of the weather.

Town face a re­ally tough game this Sat­ur­day as they are away to un­beaten lead­ers Sid­mouth.

Skip­per Jake Bury helped him­self to four tries as Torquay Ath­letic

43-7.

The Tics were caught on the hop by Top­sham, who scored a first-minute try and kicked the con­ver­sion to lead 7-0.

By half time the Tics led 24-7 and had the four-try bonus point in the bag.

Top­sham kept a lid on the Tics for most of the se­cond half; but in the last 10 min­utes the home side added two more tries.

Torquay’s for­ward dom­i­na­tion yielded six of the seven tries scored and with more sym­pa­thetic pass­ing in the con­di­tions the 50-point tally might have been reached.

Josh Mack­lin (2) and James Wood were Torquay’s other try scor­ers. Wood kicked four con­ver­sions.

Torquay re­main in fifth spot in the Corn­wall & Devon ta­ble fol­low­ing this win, with the deficit on the se­cond pro­mo­tion spot cut to eight points af­ter pre­vi­ously un­beaten lead­ers Plym­stock Al­bion Oaks were soundly beaten at Honi­ton.

Bude took over at the top with Pen­ryn re­main­ing in third af­ter op­po­nents Withy­combe cried off.

Torquay will hope the same thing does not hap­pen to them ahead of Withy­combe’s visit to the Re­cre­ation Ground this Sat­ur­day. Tick­ets go on sale be­fore this Sat­ur­day’s match for the past play­ers’ Christ­mas meal on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14. Colin Whit­ford will be sell­ing tick­ets for £20 each. Con­tact him on 07795 294309 to re­serve one.

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