Falmouth Eagles secured a bonus point victory in a dominant performance against Paignton, before a dislocated knee to Paignton's Jake Scott-Beamish forced the abandonment of the match after 60 minutes, writes James instance.
The early finish came just as Falmouth threatened to run riot and turn this match into a rout. Fielding their most attacking back line for the season, the Eagles were in control from the start as an early Justin Irons penalty was followed by the first Falmouth try. Jon Baglow, who had a fine match, made a break midfield, Mark Lea backing up and finding centre David Jones to finish.
The Eagles' Alex Kindjarsky, moved from back row to centre after Ben Ackner's injury, set up the second as he barged through a cluster of Paignton defenders before being hauled down on the tryline, a hasty clearance was collected by Jones who, not to be outdone, weaved past six players on his way to score his second.
As back row forwards Bailey and McColl bullied their opposite numbers, turning over possession, gaps opened across the field. Baglow and Jones were running freely and Ian Rowe and Mark Lea were both set loose to add to Falmouth's score and securing the bonus point fourth try before the end of the half.
At the start of second period the Eagles took their foot off the accelerator, although Paignton never threatened the Eagles line. Following 15 minutes of untidy play scoring was resumed after Irons produced a sweet inside pass for Ian Rowe to outwit the defence, Irons converting.
Then just as it looked as if the Eagles were prepared to run riot through a demoralised Paignton, the injury to Scott-Beamish occured and referee Al Denham called the game off. Later reports were that the player was released from Treliske hospital that evening.
Next week Falmouth look forward to hosting the Old Dunstonians in the traditional Easter fixture.
Cock, Church, Geach, Baglow, Ward, McColl, Kindjarsky, Bailey, Spiller, Irons, Ackner, Jones, Lea, Symons, Rowe.
Martin, Wilkinson, Tonkins.
Photo by Sunshine Tucker.