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Williamson's double helps Barnstaple to Boxing Day victory

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

Luke Collins was a Redruth scorer in their Rodda's Milk Cup victory over Camborne yesterday

Luke Collins was a Redruth scorer in their Rodda's Milk Cup victory over Camborne yesterday

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Toby Williamson helped himself to a couple of tries as Barnstaple defeated Bideford 38-0 in the Boxing Day derby at Pottington Road.

Bidford gave up home advantage as their ground was under water in places, but will get a share of the gate money generated by a crowd of around 2,000.

Barnstaple were quickly ahead thanks Williamson, who got another before half-time. Winston James bagged one as well before the break.

Mike Sumner and Gary Turner grabbed a try each from the back row in the second half with Luke Berry taking the rest of the points in kicks. Play ended five minutes early after Bideford centre Andy Loosemore suffered a cut head and needed to be stitched up.

Barnstaple have had some runaway wins over Bideford in recent seasons, but director of rugby Kevin Squire said this wasn't one of them.

"Bideford never looked like scoring a try, but we never truly broke them down either," said Squire.

"They defended quite well against us and when they tried to slow the ball down by flopping all over it, the referee dealt with them. It was a contest – which everyone had come to see – and I was happy to come away with five tries for, none against and a clean sheet."

Full-back Tom Elliot helped himself to a couple of tries as the Old Grammarians defeated Torquay Athletic 20-10 in the annual battle for the Chris Penford Cup.

It was the first time since 2007 that the Old Boys had lifted the silverware. Hayle and St Ives fought out a 7-7 draw at the Memorial Ground in the second meeting between the clubs in five days.

The Lions dominated the first half and were 7-0 up at the close thanks to an Aaron Benton try, converted by Martin Strick.

Tyler Gendall bagged a second-half try for St Ives, which Jamie Prisk converted.

The Danny Irvine XV trounced Brixham 35-12 at Astley Park in the annual Help for Heroes charity match.

Mr Irvine died two weeks ago and a minute's applause was staged before the game in memory of him and two other Brixham stalwarts who have died recently, Albert Hoyle and Marilyn Onslow.

Scott Eaves collected two tries for the Irvine XV with the others shared between Paul Horrocks, Dan Parkes, Guy Pallott, Liam Boyd and Will Bancroft. David Champion converted his own try for Brixham, whose other points came from Laurie Spuddle.

Ali Hamilton scooted in for two tries to set Kingsbridge on course for a 39-10 win over Salcombe in the South Hams derby.

Sidmouth beat their President's XV 15-12 thanks to a late penalty kick by Tom Wheelan. He had earlier converted a try and James Powell got one as well for a 12-0 lead.

The President's XV came back with tries from Sam Sowden and Giles Humphries, one converted by Tom Hodge, to leave it all-square before Wheelan's late winner.

Redruth beat their old rivals Camborne 17-5 in the Boxing Day derby to retain the Rodda's Milk Cup.

Camborne started brightly, deservedly taking the lead after just eight minutes thanks to a try from wing Luke Johnson.

Redruth drew level when second row Luke Collins was helped over the line by fellow lock Damien Cook.

It took until almost half-time for Redruth to take the lead as centre Frazer Kellythorn scored the Reds' second try with Ashley Hosking adding the conversion.

Despite the introduction of Tom Duncan and Owen Hambly at half-time it took until the closing minutes before Redruth made the game safe with a third try scored by replacement Neil Turner.

A late try from Penryn prop Matt Williams saw the Borough to a 22-17 win over Falmouth at the Recreation Ground.

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