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Eagles get new season off to a winning start away at Crediton
FALMOUTH EAGLES 12
Falmouth Eagles got their Tribute Cornwall and Devon League season off to the perfect start with a hard fought victory away at Crediton on Saturday.
It was the first game in charge for new coaches Phil Angove and Graham Whitmore, and the pair will no doubt be pleased with what they saw after Falmouth ground out a win against tough opposition.
Crediton made a marginally better start, but there was little in it during the opening exchanges as both sides traded possession and territory.
But gradually the impressive Falmouth pack began to exert more of an influence on the game, and it came as no surprise when the visitors opened the scoring after 20 minutes.
A catch and drive by the Eagles after Crediton were penalised for handling in the ruck saw hooker Ollie Church touch down put Falmouth into the lead.
Buoyed by their opening score the Eagles pushed hard for a second try, but Crediton's defence held firm and managed to frustrate Falmouth.
As the game wore on it turned into an attritional midfield battle, with neither side able to gain the upper hand or fashion any scoring opportunities.
Then just before the half time whistle Falmouth squandered a decent scoring opportunity which threatened to come back and haunt them.
Within seconds of the restart Crediton were level.
This time it was the home side's turn to catch and drive, and the Crediton pack forced Falmouth into a tight spot which allowed lock Declan McDonnell to dot down.
It got worse for Falmouth when ten minutes later the Eagles' failure to relase after a tackle resulted in a penalty, and Doug John calmly stroked the ball over to put the home side into the lead.
Back came the Eagles with some powerful forward play, but it was Crediton who seemed in the ascendancy, and Falmouth were forced to defend in numbers against a sequence of driving mauls.
But with ten minutes to go Falmouth got the breakthrough their play deserved.
A sweeping move up the field saw new-boy Edmunds nip over for a try, and the tough tackling fly-half dusted himself down before stepping up to land the conversion and seal an impressive win.