Wiveliscombe 28, Falmouth 15

FALMOUTH came back down to Earth with a bump after a disappointing defeat at second-from-bottom side Wiveliscombe.

The Eagles had been on a fine run of wins and were looking like adding another at the break with a 15-11 lead thanks to tries from Rob Coote and Ashley Searle, but shipped three tries after the break without reply to ensure they returned from their 258-mile round trip without even a bonus.

Falmouth remain eight points clear of the relegation zone despite the defeat.

Wiveliscombe started well at their Recreation Ground home and opened the scoring midway through the half with a penalty.

The Eagles wasted little time in responding, scoring the first try of the match barely two minutes later. Scrum-half Sam Thomas did well to set up Coote, who raced through to score an unconverted try.

That had woken Falmouth up and they added a second try after another two minutes, with Searle going over following an excellent run from Nick Carne, while Horton added the two this time to put the Eagles 12-3 up.

The hosts hit back with a penalty to reduce the deficit, only for Horton to restore the nine-point gap with one of his own.

But that was as good as it got for Falmouth, with the hosts capitalising on Carne’s sin-binning to score an unconverted try just before the break.

The Eagles were then hit with two quick scores, one of which was converted to put the hosts 23-15 up as Thomas was sent to the bin.

Falmouth tried to rescue a losing bonus late on, but it was Wivy who earned a bonus for adding their fourth try in stoppage time.

Falmouth: O Evans, D Hubble, T Job, R Coote, N Carne, M Horton, S Thomas; A Searle, A Bullock, A Geach, J Martin, T Vincent, T Whittle, P Garway-Templeman, T Spiller. Reps: K Cobb, K Rodda, E Trotman.