Tospham heading for the rugby title after convincing win

Rugby ball.

Rugby ball. - Credit: Archant

Topsham need only three points for promotion from the Tribute South-West League Cornwall/Devon Division with three games left after another convincing victory, 49-7 at Bude, set more new records. 

The score took Topsham past the 1,000-point mark for the season for the first time, while Henry Batty scored his fifth hat-trick of tries - also believed to be a first. 

Topsham, still only a point behind leaders Pirates Amateurs, can seal the deal if they beat Cullompton, third but 14 points behind, at the Bonfire Field this Saturday. 

Exmouth's 53-10 defeat at Weston-super-Mare in the Premier Division was hardly a shock, but there were reasons to be more cheerful than the result would suggest after fielding such a young side. 

Mid-table Sidmouth made SW One leaders Chew Valley work hard for a 33-23 win in north Somerset, while Wellington slipped to a 29-36 home defeat to Lydney.