BUDE grabbed a much-needed victory on Saturday in their quest to beat the drop in Counties One Western West as they beat mid-table Penryn 28-19 at Bencoolen Meadow.

The Seasiders led from the start in front of a sizeable Christmas crowd, and although Penryn kept working their way back into the contest, winger Zerran Hammond’s brilliant solo try late on guaranteed four points stayed in North Cornwall.

While Hammond was voted man of the match for his two tries, the other try came from hooker Rory Mead.

Fourteen points from fly-half Olly Denford, including three penalties, kept the scoreboard moving.

With two of the bottom three winning in the shape of Bideford and Wiveliscombe, Bude remain in a four-way battle to avoid the drop with two set to go down.

The game also acted as a double-header with the Seasiders now advancing to the semi-finals of the Cornwall Knockout Cup.

They face a tough test on Saturday, February 10 when they visit Regional Two South West promotion-chasers Wadebridge Camels.

See this week’s Post for Paul Cottle’s report, plus a selection of images from Ian Wilson.