Rugby: Falmouth Eagles swoop to opening away win
FALMOUTH Eagles opened their account with a hard earned away win at Exeter against newly promoted Wessex Rugby Club.
To say it was the most exciting match would be telling a large ‘porkie’, in fact it was anyone’s game up until the last ten minutes.
The Eagles were the better side for the first quarter, having squandered scoring chances, with the only reward being a Rob Banks penalty. Home side replied with a drop goal by fly half Dave Fewings.
The rest of the game could easily be explained by elementary mistakes by both sides receiving a yellow card a piece from referee Ben Chadwick. Wessex converting another penalty and Banks replying with two to make the half-time score 6-9.
On the restart, Wessex pulled level with another penalty and missed two very kickable attempts. Banks keeping the Eagles ahead with his fourth penalty and then came a moment of team brilliance – forwards winning a quick clean ball, spun along the line for debutant winger Paul Saberton to touch down in the corner and from the restart centre Gareth Leaver beating two opponents scarpered between the posts to allow Banks an easy conversion.
Right on the final whistle the home side scored a deserved try an overlap created for full back Andy Alderman to touch down wide out.
The most excitement was in the last ten minutes as the old saying goes: “It’s never over until the final whistle.” The Eagles will have to sharpen up and learn from this encounter.
Performance of the day went to debutant winger Paul Saberton who “impressed.”
Eagles Team: Harry Martin, Olly Church, Ashley Searle, James Dobson, Tom David, Rob Fitzpatrick, Symon Bailey (captain), William Burner, Rob Banks, Adam Kindjarsky, Gareth Leaver, Paul Saberton, Ben Woodman, Tom Spiller, Leigh Head, Chris Bell, Dave Wills, Phil Wells.