IVYBRIDGE RFC will be playing in National Three South West next season after winning a nail-biting play-off match at South West One East runners-up Towcestrians.
Ivybridge, who finished second in South West One West, had led 15-5 at half-time and then increased their advantage to 20-5 just after the break, with Mike Cox (2) and Alex Hall scoring tries for them.
However, the home side hit back to level the match with time running down fast.
But Ivybridge, who last season won the Western Counties West title, snatched victory and their second successive promotion thanks to a try by Adam Bradley after Matt Grievesen put him clear.
Prior to the game, Ivybridge had received good luck messages from a host of star former junior players, including Henry Slade, Dave Ewers, Chris Bell and Ben Spencer.
There was also good news for Devon One runners-up Plymstock Albion Oaks, who secured a return back to the Cornwall/Devon League after a five-year absence by hammering Cornish side Veor 47-3 away in their play-off match. Oaks were convinced they had won 54-3 but the official result appeared to be missing a converted try.
Ivybridge and Plymstock’s success on Saturday means five Plymouth Combination sides have secured promotion this season, following in the footsteps of Saltash, Argaum and Tamar Saracens.
Ivybridge and Argaum will be hoping for more joy on Wednesday when they battle it out for the Lockie Cup and Ellis Trophy.
Holders Argaum will take on Ivybridge IIs in the battle for the Lockie Cup at the Rectory, while Argaum’s IIs will face Ivybridge IIIs in the Ellis Trophy.