Sacked coach pleased to see Cherries grab a victory
PAIGNTON took the first faltering steps away from the relegation danger zone with a 25-22 win over Oldfield – and no one was more pleased than the coach they sacked a few days before the game.
Coach Charlie Mahon was told on Wednesday night his services were no longer required by the Queens Park Club, where he was appointed at the start of last season.
The Cherries remain second from bottom, but are now level on points with Oldfield and just four away from getting past Cleve to reach safety with two games in hand and the Mangotsfield side to play on the last day of the season.
Mahon said he was 'disappointed' to get the sack at such a crucial stage of the season as he had hopes to help Paignton out of trouble.
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He added: "I really hope Paignton stay up as I have enjoyed being there and working with the players.
"There are some fine young players coming through and it has been a pleasure to work with an outstanding captain in Chris Hallet."
Paignton are saying little about the decision to remove Mahon.
"Paignton RFC acknowledges Charlie's efforts from the past few years and wishes him every success for the future," said a short statement issued by communications director Darren Law on behalf of the club.
Paignton's fight for survival takes them to Thornbury this Saturday.
Paignton started strongly against Oldfield with fly-half Matt Jackson kicking a penalty after five minutes. Full-back Stuart Kingsley steamed over for a try in the corner soon after.
But midway through the half the Old Boys hit back with a penalty from centre Rob Payne and drew level when winger Dan Cossins chased a kick-ahead to score wide-out.
Just before the break replacement winger Scott Hingston landed a penalty to put Paignton 11-8 up.
The visitors soon had Paignton under pressure afterwards and scrum-half Will Owen never had a hand laid on him when he took a quick tap-penalty and touched-down for Payne to convert.
The Cherries then hit a purple patch going into the last quarter. First lock Martin Bird finished off a catch-and-drive move with a try. And within minutes centre Dan Sanders picked off a wayward pass on half way and made it to the line, Hingston converting both tries.
The visitors were not finished however, and when Paignton lost possession in the Oldfield half, centre Alex Carlton-Porter seized the ball, accelerated through a gap and sprinted away to touch-down under the posts for Payne to convert.