Ilfracombe clinched part one of a potential trophy treble by beating Salcombe 20-3 at Brimlands in the final of the Devon Junior Plate.

Ilfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Kevin CrowlIlfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Ilfracombe are already through to the semi-finals of the Dave Butt Trophy, where they will meet either Salcombe again or Torquay Athletic Extras in the semi-finals on April 6.

And there is still a chance to catch Sidmouth II at the top of Devon Merit Table Two North East and win that competition too. Sidmouth are six points ahead of Ilfracombe, but have played two more games.

Atrocious conditions at Brimlands hinted at a likely forward battle and that was exactly how the game panned out.

Despite significant early pressure form Combe, a lack of discipline saw penalties conceded at critical moments.

Ilfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob NewallIlfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob Newall

The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute when lock Pete Gammon took the pick and run from the Salcombe 22. Full-back Jamie Matthews converted for a 7-0 lead at the break.

Prop Adam Wyatt secured a second for Combe at the 54th minute from a short pick and drive. Unfortunately, Wyatt dislocated a shoulder in the process of scoring and that was his race run.

Salcombe got a penalty back, but that was the least of Combe's worries. Scrum-half Jack Bourne had to go off suffering from suspected hypothermia and was replaced by Nigel East, who usually plays in the pack.

A penalty converted by Matthews in the 73rd minute was swiftly followed by a try for hooker Stu Pickard that closed out the match.

Ilfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob NewallIlfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob Newall

Ilfracombe return to Merit Table action on Saturday when they pay a visit to Exeter Engineers.

Ilfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob NewallIlfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob Newall

Ilfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob NewallIlfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob Newall

Ilfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob NewallIlfracombe v Salcombe in the Devon Junior Plate final. Picture: Rob Newall