Rugby round-up: Jon Woodhead celebrates 250th Torquay appearance

Torbay Weekly

The game of the season at the Recreation Ground - a see-saw 23-26 defeat to Cornwall/Devon Division leaders Pirates Amateurs - was a fitting tribute to Torquay Athletic stalwart Jon Woodhead.

Second-row forward Woodhead made his 250th appearance for the Tics, and another large 'all-free' crowd were treated to a cracker.

Neither side was quite at full strength, but Tics, who led 18-11 at half-time, almost pulled off the shock result of the winter.

The Pirates from Penzance had to withstand a fierce late rally before earning a win which keeps them one result ahead of Topsham at the top of the table.

The Tics travel to Plymstock Albion Oaks this Saturday.

Just when Brixham supporters thought their side was on a roll, the Fishermen slipped up at home to lowly Drybrook 19-21 at Astley Park.

The visitors from Gloucestershire completed an unlikely South West Premier 'double' over Brixham, who were seeking a sixth win in eight games.

It could be a fair bit harder this Saturday - the mid-table Fishermen travel to leaders Exeter University.

The big news from the Western Counties West Division was the abandonment of the Teignmouth-v-Penryn game.

A fortnight after South Molton v New Cross (Devon One) had to be called off because of a knee injury to the Kingsteignton side's Joe Milburn, Teignmouth's Jordan Hellier also sustained a serious leg injury with the Teigns leading 21-8.

The medical team did their stuff, but there was a delay before an ambulance arrived to take Hellier to hospital, and the game was abandoned with just under 20 minutes to play.

A late Sam Nelson-Smith try, converted by Devon Under-20 cap Olly Latto, was some consolation for Paignton, as they lost 29-10 at Tiverton.

Newton Abbot's hopes of a sixth successive win were checked by a 26-26 draw at Truro.

There should be a good crowd at Rackerhayes this Saturday when the All Whites will try to become the first side to beat leaders Wadebridge Camels (P16 W16).  Paignton entertain Truro and Teignmouth are at home to Wiveliscombe.

New Cross continued their pursuit of the Devon One title with a 45-5 win at Torrington - they next meet bottom club Buckfastleigh Rangers at Five Lanes - while there were home defeats for Totnes (12-34 Exeter Athletic) and Dartmouth (0-78 Exeter Saracens).

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