Torbay Trojans smiling after victory over the Cornish Sharks...

FOR MANY years the Torbay Trojans have been left frustrated with performances against the Cornish Sharks that have at times left them ruing missed chances and opportunities, leaving them with losses.

All of those negative feelings were thrown out of the window recently as they produced an incredible all-round performance that gave them a 26-0 victory over their local rivals.

It has been commented that the Cornish Sharks had been struggling to raise a side for this opening fixture but let’s not take the glory away from Guy Richardson’s men as from the first kick to the final whistle they were relentless in their commitment to win the game and gave everything they had to make sure of securing their first victory over the Sharks for many years.

A lot of the early season talk was that the SFC2 West Conference crown was all set up for the Sharks, especially as last season’s Conference winners, Bristol Apache had moved on following their promotion.

That opportunity only lasted a few minutes into the first-half as, before you could settle down to enjoy the game, the Trojans had taken a 6-0 lead.

Before the Sharks could get into their rhythm it was 13-0 with the Trojans taking full advantage of a fumble and the lead was 19-0 at the break.

Those doubters who thought it wouldn’t last were wrong as Torbay held strong and even added another touchdown to finish with a resounding 26-0 victory to see themselves go top of the conference.

There is lots to think about as the dust settles. Trojans coach Richardson will have to remind his players that its only one win and there is another seven games still to play.

For his opposite number, Sharks coach Brian Smallworth, it will be all about how he needs to quickly recruit more players in order for his team to make any impression on the remainder of the season.

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