Torrential rain didn't stop the action between Exmouth and Chennor at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 8116-35-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Exmouth 3, Chinnor 9
The Cockles slipped to defeat in their first ever National Two (South) engagement.
All the games points came from the boot with the visitors slotting three penalties to the one the Cockles knocked over.
Chinnor led 6-0 at the break thanks to a brace of kicks by stand-off James Cathcart.
The Cockles continued to be competitive and at no stage of the game where they overrun.
With 15 minutes to go one of the eleven new players who have been recruited since last season, Rob Avery-Wright tucked away a penalty to reduce the arrears to three points.
However, the six point margin was restored before the final whistle when Cathcart notched his third successful penalty kick.
Director of rugby Chris Wright said: “The difference is clearly sharpness. We made mistakes and were punished and also were unable to take our chances. Twice in the last five minutes we had chances to win the game, but didn’t take them. Richard Bolt put a pass out to Sam Jones 10-metres out, but the ball slipped away from him, whilst Dave Bargent got up the line with the last play, but was stopped. These are the small margins we are going to be faced with this season at this level. Last season we might have got away with the errors in our play, but that will not be the case this time round.”