WIVELISCOMBE completed their season in Counties One Western West by losing 31-12 at home to fourth-placed Kingsbridge on the Wivey Rec which was just about playable after heavy rain through the week leading up to the match, writes Roger Bellamy.

Kingsbridge, who have one of the most skillful three-quarter line ups in the league, scored all their points through those players with centre Toby Baldry scoring the visitors first try early on, this being converted by fly half Ben Newman. Wivey drew level with a try from talisman scrum half Richard Baker which was converted by centre Dan Rottenbury.

Wiveliscombe were strong in the set scrums and pushed their opponents backwards on numerous occasions but the visitors' lineouts had the edge providing their threes with good first phase possession. Eye catching centre Freddie Buckle crossed for the visitors' second try after a well constructed move by the visitors' backs to lead 12-7 at half time. .

Playing up the slope in the second half was going to be difficult for Wivey on the deteriorating pitch and the visitors increased the pressure although the home team did have their moments and should have leveled the scores when a rare mistake by the visitors backs was pounced on by Richard Baker who hacked the ball into the visitors half where a fellow back put too much into his kick and the ball travelled beyond the dead ball line.

Kingsbridge did not make any further mistakes and added another three tries for the bonus point victory. Freddie Buckle and Toby Baldry added a second try each with scrum half Max Fergusson crossing for the visitors fifth try. Ben Newman added another two conversions.

To their credit Wivey had the last say and scored a second try through forward Dan Smyth Moore who was up in support to score in the clubhouse corner. FT.32pts 12pts.

Wiveliscombe dropped one league position to finish in 10th place - third from the bottom. Hopefully this will be good enough for them to retain their status in what is a very competitive division.

Elsewhere, Tiverton and Paignton ended the season with equal points at the top of Counties One Western West. Tiverton finish as champions because they have a better points difference.

The top two sides finished nine points clear of third-placed Plymouth Albion Oaks who led the division at one stage this season.

Tiverton ended the season with a 52-10 home success against Penryn while Paignton won a crucial home match against Albion Oaks 26-22.

At the other end of the table, Falmouth will be relegated afetr losing 18 of their 22 matches. Bude, who lost 24-8 at home to Bude in their last game, finished second from bottom and will have to wait to see if they will go down. In the past it's often been only one

In Counties Three Somerset, Wiveliscombe 2nd XV put up a spirited fight before losing 17-15 away to Somerton outfit. Defeat leaves them in 11th spot, one off the bottom which is occupied by Burnham whose first team have also been relegated from Regional Two South West.

Wiveliscombe scored two tries through forwards Elliott Deeks and Rory Stone, with Cameron Palk adding one conversion and a penalty.

With numerous first team calls it has been a difficult season for the Seconds but they can be proud of their display at Somerton who are a useful outfit.

For many clubs, this season will be remembered for the wet and windy weather which has caused havoc with fixtures since the beginning of February.