Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Dings Crusaders 25, Exmouth 19
The Cockles slipped out of the top half of the National Two (S) table after a hard-fought match that was not settled until the closing stages.
Exmouth were slick in many aspects of their game and, once they secured first-phase ball they retained possession for long periods, making life hard for the home team.
Sadly, but for a sharper cutting edge from the visitors, the final score might have had a very different look about it!
Trailing to a converted try and a penalty, the Cockles got back into contention via the trusty boot of Rob Avery-Wright who slotted a pair of penalty kicks.
However, just before the break the hosts scored another try to tale a 15-6 lead into the interval.
After the break the Cockles were the dominant force in terms of both territory and possession.
Tries from Paul Morgan and Dan Pullinger-Ham together with another Avery-Wright penalty and held a lead at 19-15.
It was ten minutes from time that the home side struck with that proved to be the match winning action, a converted try to seal a narrow victory.
On Saturday the Cockles entertain third bottom Shelford (2.30pm).