Falmouth came back to collect a desperately hard-fought three points in an actioned packed final 20 minutes in Devon.
Both teams picked up three points and with Falmouth in 13th it was a much needed away bonus point draw to help fend off their chances of relegation.
Falmouth’s Justyn Irons made an instant impact after a week out, as he scored the first points of the game with a penalty 30 metres out in the first two minutes to make it 3-0.
Despite Falmouth’s early pressure Sidmouth took the lead 10 minutes in after Rory O’Brien intercepted Irons’ loose pass close to his own line before sprinting the length of the pitch to score under the posts and Dan Retter converted with ease to make it 7-3.
Sidmouth were even further ahead when O’Brien got his second try of the game quarter of the way through the first half after he evaded several tackles to score over in the left corner before Retter converted to make it 14-3.
Sidmouth had their third try of the game after 20 minutes to make it 21-3 when a simple but good passing move found its way to Ethan Mead who scored over in the left corner and Retter again converted.
But Falmouth showed their resilience and were rewarded in the 25th when Tom Simmons went over off the back of a successful lineout before Irons converted to take the score to 21-10.
Only five minutes later and Sidmouth secured a bonus point with their fourth try of the match, Mead appeared to be in for the try, however he was brought down just short and seemed to have touched the touch line as he fell, but neither linesman or ref deemed him to have gone out of bounds and from the resulting ruck Johnny Hammill touched the ball down and made it 26-10.
After Sidmouth went down to 14 Falmouth took advantage of the extra man when Mike Austin dipped inside a gap close to the line to score his first and after Irons converted the half time scores read 26-17.
It was 29-20 after a scrappy start to the second half which presented both fly halves with the opportunity to add three extra points which they did comfortably.
But Sidmouth were next to score after a good handling move from a scrum found its way through the hands of the hosts back line before finally ending up in the hands of Zac Bess who scored under the posts to set up an easy conversion for Retter who made it 36-20.
And the theme continued as Falmouth still showed fighting spirit and refused to be beaten, this time Ollie Church crashed over the line as he broke through a gap in the Sidmouth defence and the successful conversion made the score 36-27.
It was end to end stuff and both sides looked likely to score, but it was Falmouth who got the next try with a team move that took them from their own try line to Sidmouth’s and it was AJ Geach who finished the superb move off over in the left corner and after the missed conversion it was 36-32.
Retter added another three point from the left for Sidmouth in the 77th but it wasn’t to be the final blow as Falmouth yet again proved their worth when Tom Edmonds broke through the Sidmouth line before he offloaded to the supporting Austin who ran in unchallenged under the posts to give Irons an easy quick in the dying moments to level the scores at 39-39.
But the drama did not end there and with seconds to go Retter had a chance to win the game for the Home side with a penalty 10 metres right and 35 metres back, but his kick struck the inside of the left post and bounced out agonisingly, which meant the scores finished square at 39-39.
- Irons ©