Rugby round-up: Tics suffer first home defeat of season

Torbay Weekly

Torquay Athletic's bid to win a much-needed promotion from the Tribute SW Cornwall/Devon Division is in danger of stalling after they faded to a first home defeat of the season, 26-41 to leaders Topsham.

Tics led 26-24 nearly 15 minutes into the second half, in a match switched to the Rec' because of Topsham's lucrative fireworks display.

But Topsham hit back for a key result, even though tries by Jonny Brown, Jordon Finch, Lewis Harbern and James Wood, who also kicked three conversions, earned Torquay a bonus point.

Tics are now in fourth place, nine points behind Topsham, ahead of the season's second week's break.

They resume with a trip to Exmouth to take on Withycombe at Raleigh Park on November 20.

Brixham pushed Ivybridge hard, but still went down to a 30-35 defeat at the Cross-in-Hand Ground in South-West Premier.

The Fishermen are in 12th spot, above only Camborne and Drybrook, and they have a really important home game when hostilities resume on Saturday week - Okehampton, one place above them, at Astley Park.

Teignmouth's fast start to the Western Counties West season may have slowed of late under availability issues, but the visit of unbeaten leaders Wadebridge Camels to Bitton Park sparked a thriller and one of the Teigns' best performances of the campaign.

Tries by Faolan Lidstone, George Franklin and Dayne Layton helped the hosts to lead 20-19 with only four minutes left, but the visitors snatched victory 24-20 with a late try.

Teignmouth are now fifth, while Newton Abbot are tenth and Paignton eleventh.

Newton found third-placed Chard too good - they lost 26-47 at Rackerhayes.

But Paignton cheered their supporters with possibly their best result so far - a 17-16 win, completed by a Mike Sandercock penalty, over fourth placed Burnham-on-Sea at Queen's Park.

Just when it looked as if leaders New Cross might go through the Devon One season unbeaten, they slipped up against Exeter Saracens (4th) 14-31 at Five Lanes.

It allowed OPMs (35pts) from Plymouth to close to within a point of New Cross (36), who don't play again until Totnes are the visitors on November 27.