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Camborne win appeal against points penalty in massive boost to promotion hopes

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

The damaged posts at Clevedon

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Camborne’s hopes of winning promotion from Tribute South One West have been given a huge boost after winning an appeal to the RFU against a five point penalty, imposed when their game at Clevedon was ended early after the posts at one end of the ground blew down midway through the first half.

The Cherry & Whites, who were trailing 6-0, would not agree to the game being switched to an adjoining pitch, citing health and safety concerns in the gale force wind.

Subsequently in a double whammy, they were penalised five points and also the match was awarded to Clevedon and if the decision had stood it would probably have dealt a mortal blow to their chances of returning to the national leagues.

But at an RFU appeal hearing in Bristol this evening, the club won their appeal and the game will now be replayed.

Coach Liam Chapple, speaking on the way back from the hearing said: “I am relieved and obviously pleased with the decision.

He said: "This outcome leaves us with all to play for in the promotion race with the final placings now to be decided by results on the field.”

After last Saturday's 20-17 defeat at Bideford, the Cherry & Whites are in fourth place in the table, just five points off top spot and three adrift of second, which brings with it a play off promotion match at the end of the season.

This Saturday Camborne are at home to bottom club Sidmouth.

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