Skinnard sings praises of Old Boys but Ashes taste victory
SALTASH head coach Nick Skinnard praised players from both sides as his troops overcame both St Boniface Old Boys and difficult conditions at Moorlands Lane.
The Boxing Day fixture, which has been played for decades, saw the Ashes defeat their old enemy 12-5.
Skinnard, whose team is currently flying high in the Cornwall-Devon League, said: "I think it's the 36th occasion that the match has been played.
"We won 12-5 yesterday, I think, because everyone was covered in mud!
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"The weather wasn't good and I think if it had been a league match, then the game wouldn't have been played.
"We played half-an-hour each way – then it started to rain after 10 minutes."
Skinnard added: "Despite it all, it was a good game of rugby from both sets of players.
All the scoring happened in the last 20 minutes, with Albert Hall touching down an unconverted try for Ashes.
Fly-half Joe Skinnard added the second, converted by Max Venables, before Old Boys got a consolation try with the last play of the game.
Skinnard added: "St Boniface always bring a set a good players with them as usually some of them play in a higher league than we do.
"I can remember 25 years ago when I played, the Old Boys had two players from Wasps."
Meanwhile, OPMs took the Boxing Day trophy off Plymouth Argaum in their annual festive clash.
Argaum, who hosted the match at their Bickleigh Down ground on Boxing Day, had won the trophy the previous three years.
Stuart Quarterman, who scored Argaum's try in a 24-7 home defeat, said afterwards: "It was actually a really good game, despite the fact we had horizontal hail at one time.
"The pitch was really good and everybody on both teams tried to keep the ball alive as much as possible.
"It was a good day and a good social event afterwards."