Thursday, March 20, 2014
Exmouth 41, Chard 14
On a warm, sun kissed, Sunday morning, Exmouth under 11s entertained Chard at Home in what turned out to be a very physical encounter, writes Helen Sale.
Both teams started the match well, committed in their tackling and it was Chard that scored the first try after spotting a gap in the Exmouth defence. The remainder of the first half was fast paced with both teams chasing several long shots, which led to both teams having 14 points each when the whistle went to signal the end of the first half.
The second half, traditionally the young Cockles best period of a match, proved to be an even faster paced, exciting, and physical half. Exmouth were quick to show that the recent weather-enforced artificial surface training had had a profound effect on the players as they showed excellent handling skills.
Each one of the young Cockles put in a healthy shift for the cause and there were some notable individual performances.
George Smale did really well with his tackling and supportive actions to earn him Outstanding Effort from the coaches. Finn Musgrove was on top form, not only for his kick-and-chase actions, but he also managed to score a brace of tries and he was awarded the Man of the Match honour.
Liam Daniels was also on good form and managed to cross the try line three times and slot a conversion; unfortunately the wind wasn’t always on his side!
Harry Sale had a much better match today, and not only did he show signs of improving confidence in his tackling, but he also managed to a pair of tries.
All in all it was a brilliant game to watch with excitement, passion and determination aplenty! Although the score line suggests a one-sided affair, this contest was anything but!