WADEBRIDGE Camels finally banished any lingering fears of relegation with a convincing victory over Duchy rivals Camborne at Molesworth Field, writes Nigel Walrond.
With Penryn losing at Avonmouth Old Boys, it means the Camels are 18 points clear of the drop zone, with only three matches remaining, so they cannot be overhauled.
In fact, they have risen as high as seventh in the South West One West table, and with Paignton only one point ahead of them, a top-six finish is still on the cards.
Camels were buoyed by their 24-19 victory at Camborne in the Tribute Cornwall Cup semi-final the previous week, and never really looked in any danger of losing this encounter, with skipper Gary Gynn
helping himself to two tries.
Their cause was helped by Camborne having lock Ashley Lawton sent off after 24 minutes for punching.
Camborne also suffered three more early blows, with James
Rapson (dislocated shoulder), Dave Mankee (ankle) and Richie Kevern (broken thumb) all injured.
Camels took the lead after only four minutes when Dan Prout's 50-metre touch-finding kick set up good field position, and from the line-out, the ball was moved wide for centre James
Grubb to finish off, and he added the conversion.
Another close-range line-out soon after the restart provided the chance for Prout to slot a drop goal to make it 10-0.
Grubb kicked a penalty, before Camborne scored what proved to be their only points of the game when wing Rob Floyd ran in an interception try.
The visitors then suffered a double blow, with lock Lawton red-carded, and Levi Webster sin-binned, and Camels made the most of their numerical advantage in the 26th minute when Gynn powered over off the back of a scrum, and Grubb added the extras to make it 20-5 at the break.
Camels stretched their advantage with two more tries in the opening four minutes of the second half.
A break through the middle by flanker Sam
Stone set up a score for winger Ashley Rescorla, converted by Grubb, and then a move that saw the ball pass through six pairs of hands ended with Grubb and Dominic Hawkey putting in Gynn for his second touchdown.
However, the best try of the game was saved for last, even though it came with 23 minutes left, with a wonderful length-of-the-field move involving virtually the whole team rounded off by Grubb.
The final quarter of the contest was a bit of a non-event, but Camels were not complaining on a perfect afternoon to hold their Mole Valley Farmers sponsors' day, and they now look forward to a trip to ninth-place Thornbury on Saturday.
Wadebridge: Lees, Rescorla, J Grubb, Prout, D Hawkey, A Collings, S Hawkey, Treleaven, Ballard, Flide, Yelland, M Grubb, B Collings, Stone, Gynn (capt). Replacements: Briskham, Cullis, Angwin.
Camborne: Thirlby, Parma, Kevern, Kenward, Floyd, Mankee, Pascoe, Endean, Bartle, W Webster, Moore, Lawton, J Goldsworthy, Woolcock, Roberts (capt). Replacements: Rapson, L Webster, Edwards.
Scorers: Wadebridge: Tries: Gynn (2), Rescorla, J Grubb (2); Cons: J Grubb (3); Pen: J Grubb; Drop goal: Prout. Camborne: Try: Floyd.
Yellow cards: Wadebridge: A Collings; Camborne: L Webster.
Red card: Camborne: Lawton.