Plymouth Devils climb off bottom of the Premier League

By Mike Tamblinat St Boniface Arena
Plymouth Devils

Plymouth Devils are off the bottom of the Premier League after beating Berwick Bandits 49-41.

Ben Barker top scored with 14 points as Plymouth avoided the wooden spoon in their debut season in the league.

"I'm absolutely delighted, we're off the bottom of the table and it feels like we've won the title," said manager Gary Spiller.

The three points gained means the Devils cannot finish below Leicester at the foot of the table.

The win was Plymouth's eighth in a row at home and Spiller was happy with the way his side rode.

"We overcame a six-point deficit tonight and I always felt we could with the work ethic and team spirit in the camp," he said.

"It was befitting that yet again a last-heat decider was needed to ensure the three points," he added.

"We've only had four fit Devils of late but our guest replacements tonight and over the last few weeks have been superb and I have to pay tribute to them as well as my own lads."

Plymouth's excellent home form could not be repeated on the road though as they went down 56-39 at Newcastle in the weekend's other match.

Devils finish their 2011 season with three matches next weekend.

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