SOUTH Molton were given a thorough examination by first-time visitors New Cross before emerging 23-13 winners in Devon North &East. Molton went ahead early after a try from No.8 Mark Nott. The visitors clawed in front with scrum-half Ryan Wotton slotting

SOUTH Molton were given a thorough examination by first-time visitors New Cross before emerging 23-13 winners in Devon North &East.

Molton went ahead early after a try from No.8 Mark Nott.

The visitors clawed in front with scrum-half Ryan Wotton slotting a penalty and adding the conversion after flanker Julian Hull's try.

Molton's Steve Ayre pulled back three points for a 10-8 deficit at half-time. The home side fell further behind when Wotton converted a penalty but were back level with a try from second row Andy Pinkett.

Ayre missed the kick but a penalty soon after nosed Molton in front.

Nott dotted down a push-over try and Ayre's conversion clinched the win.

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ILFRACOMBE lost 36-20 to Topsham in a bottom-of-the-table clash in Devon N&E.

Ilfracombe took first points with skipper Leo Cooper snatching a wayward pass to cross in the first minute.

Topsham made a swift response and led 24-15 at half-time.

Centre Dan Wheeler chased his kick-ahead for Ilfracombe's second try with Will Grant adding a penalty and conversion.

After the break, winger Gavin Pinkham caught a cross-field kick to score.

Ilfracombe entertain Wessex this Saturday.

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TORRINGTON were the latest casualties to go down to Stithians, who made it seven wins on the trot on their way to a 41-20 verdict.

Torrie took the lead on four minutes through centre Dan Hoyle when the ball bounced kindly for him to score close to the post for Andy Manning to add the extras.

It was tit for tat throughout the first half with Torrie coming out 17-13 up at the break.

Manning kicked a penalty then Lloyd Sands powered in for a try that Manning converted.

Stithians came from behind to go 27-20 up with Torrie only able to add a Manning penalty.

Two more tries finished Torrington off completely.

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BIDEFORD Nomads continued their early season form with a hard- fought win over visiting Topsham, who borrowed five home players to get a side out.

Nomads opened brightly with a try from captain Mike Powe, then lost their way.

The rival packs found it a tough battle and for 20 minutes neither side looked like scoring. Nomads finally found their form again and Lee Faux broke down the wing to score under the post with Stuart Arnett-Clark converting.

Shaun Woodhead sprinted through for the third try, converting it himself, before Topsham replied with a try. There was no further score in the second half.

Jake Brown was Nomads' Man of the Match.

Coming next for the Nomads is a derby date with Ilfracombe Mariners.