December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Exmouth 20, Shelford 42
The Cockles suffered a fourth defeat in six outings this term and slipped into the bottom three places in National Two (S) as a result.
Once again it was only the smallest of margins that stood between the Cockles and their opponents who now sit three places and two points better off after claiming their second success of the fledgling season.
The visitors made a bright start and found themselves 15-3 up inside 20 minutes courtesy of a converted try, an unconverted try and a penalty whilst the lone home score at this stage was a Matt Garner drop goal.
A superb run from Mark Wathes saw Exmouth net their opening try, Rob Avery Wright converted ands then slotted a 34th minute to leave the hosts just two points in arrears.
It was scores either side of the break that took the game away from the Cockles as Shelford struck late in the first half with another try that arrived after a Garry Hooper clearance kick was charged down. The try was converted and the visitors trooped off with a 22-13 lead.
Shortly after the re-start Shelford opened up a 22-point lead with another converted try and a brace of penalties.
The Cockles dug deep and on 66 minutes powered their way back into the contest when a series of pick-and-go manoeuvres resulted in lock Chris Bentley scoring and once again Avery-Wright slotted the conversion.
However, try as they did, the Cockles were not able to add to that score and it was Shelford who had the final say with a fifth try of the game to seal victory.
The contest produced five yellow cards, two of them to home layers.
There was an injury scare for the Cockles when prop Nigel Berry was hurt after a scrum went down and he had to be replaced.
On Saturday the Cockles travel to Redruth who sit two places an done point better off than the Imperial Ground men. The two sides have identical record with two wins and four defeats from six starts so far this season.