Tics looking for new coach and Brixham duo celebrate milestones

Torbay Weekly

Torquay Athletic are looking for a new 1st XV coach after Lewis Harben's decision to stand down while he recovers from a serious knee injury.

Popular player-coach Harben has missed most of this season, he is due to undergo surgery in the summer and is not expected back until the middle of the 2022-2023 campaign.

Chairperson Jackie Coles said: "Lewis is still very much involved with the club, but he wants to concentrate on his recovery and, when he is fit again, on playing.

"He also feels that it may be time for a fresh mind to come in as coach."

Tics picked themselves up from a couple of heavy away defeats to beat Withycombe 38-8 in the SW League Cornwall/Division at the Rec'. Trailing 8-5 at half-time, their stronger pack and young backs routed the visitors in the second half.

Brixham duo Tom Goodman and Scott Puleston celebrated career milestones as the Fishermen won 15-7 in in deteriorating conditions at SW Premier bottom club Okehampton.

It was Goodman's 250th first-team appearance and Puleston's 150th. Despite injuries to Goodman and Koree Britton, Brixham led 10-7 at half-time, with tries by Sam Thomas and Britton.

Into driving wind and rain in the second half, they tackled Okehampton into submission, Jordan Watson's try sealing the victory.

In Western Counties West, Newton Abbot (4th) had a 'walkover' home win against struggling Falmouth. Wadebridge Camels have already clinched that title, but Newton are only two points behind Truro (2nd) with four games to go.

Paignton-v-Chard at Queen's Park was marred by a bad leg injury to home stalwart Sam Nelson-Smith, prompting a 45-minute delay.

Olly Latto kicked two penalties for the Cherries as Chard pulled away in the second half to win 17-6.

Teignmouth ran in seven tries against Bideford (50-0) at Bitton Park.

Faolan Lidstone (2), Jake Allison, Dayne Layton, Lewis Jeffery, Will Sowden and Jack Mayne all scored tries, with Mayne kicking four conversions.

As expected, New Cross lost the Devon One leadership, as they didn't play and South Molton and Exeter Saracens both won.

Totnes suffered two nasty injuries at Tamar Saracens before an abandonment there.

Everyone takes another league break this weekend.

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