LAST SEASON finished with South Molton lifting the Devon Junior Cup and they are already on the trophy trail.
They have set out on the road to Twickenham before the league campaign has even begun.
Tries by Luke Doyle, Dom Stoneman and Steve Snell helped Molton to a 23-17 win over New Cross in the RFU Junior Vase on Saturday. They will host Totnes in the Devon semi-final of the national competition on Saturday, September 28.
Gary Bucknell, the head coach, said: “We’ve had a quite pleasing pre-season even though we’ve got pretty much a whole team injured.
“It’s quite a test of our strength in depth but the young players are coming up trumps and I was very pleased with them on Saturday in a hard game.”
The unavailable Courtney Lucas and Barnaby Newell and the injured Aidan Irving and Harry Kingdon are just four of the players Molton must do without as the Tribute Devon One season starts on Saturday with a trip to Salcombe.
“I thought we were going to be really up against it in September with the injury and unavailability list but we have had some young boys step up to the mark and do very well,” said Bucknell.
“As coaches we seem to have earned our keep but Saturday’s performance made it all worthwhile.”
Steve Ayre impressed Bucknell with his performance at fly half against New Cross and he converted Doyle’s try and kicked a penalty to give Molton a 10-7 lead at half time.
The visitors led after Dean Churchfield scored his second long-range try, both converted by Ryan Wotton who also had a dropped goal.Stoneman and Snell struck back, though, and Ayre put Molton six points clear with a second penalty.
On Saturday, South Molton will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s opening day when they went to Salcombe and won 28-12.