Pirates' Stirling 'over the moon' with Albion victory

Ben Maidment
Ben Maidment's debut was well received by boss Chris Stirling

Cornish Pirates boss Chris Stirling says he is 'over the moon' with his side's win at West Country rivals Plymouth Albion.

A late David Doherty try saw the Pirates come from behind to win 20-16 at the Brickfields.

"I'm over the moon because it's not an easy place to come," Stirling told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We know that when we come here in the derby match between Plymouth and Pirates it's always tough."

Stirling felt his side dominated the match, despite the close scoreline.

"For 80 minutes we controlled the game.

"One mess up in defence and the young number 10 scored a good try but other than that I think we were our own worst enemies in certain areas of the match."

And he was full of praise for forward Ben Maidment, who made his debut after being sidelined with injury.

"I've waited eight months to see him play in a Pirates shirt.

"Everything I thought Ben would be he was, he carried the ball strongly, got us good go forward and made some punishing hits in defence and he's going to be a real asset to our resources in the back row," he added.