North Devon’s new rugby league side Tarka Storm picked up a win in their first ever game.
Storm were at home to fellow newcomers Saltash Essayons in the South West Premier, where James Irving’s late try saw them snatch a 22-20 win at Pottington Road.
Storm had taken the lead in the first half through Ashlee Crouch, with Irving kicking the conversion, but Essayons pulled back, scoring two tries to go ahead.
A try from Andy Kay in the corner pulled Storm back level before half time.
Saltash took the lead again in the second half before Crouch got his second of the game, and after the visitors went out to 20-16 ahead, Irving crossed before converting his own try with minutes remaining to get a win for the hosts.
Casey Godman was named Storm’s man of the match after a superb all-round performance.
Chairman Neil Edwards said: “The win didn’t sink in for a couple of days, it’s been 11 months of work up to this moment.
“We wanted to show we’re not just here to make up the numbers and the lads were brilliant.”
It’s the South West Premier’s magic weekend on Saturday, with Storm playing Cornish Rebels at Newton Abbot.