Cockles claim big scalp as season continues to show real promise

12:21 02 October 2012

Action from Exmouth's gam eat Redingensians

Action from Exmouth's gam eat Redingensians

Archant

Redingensians 25, Exmouth 27

The Cockles were good value for their victory at the home of the pre-season title favourites.

The Rams are a formidable outfit, boasting a huge set of forwards who look to dominate the opposition using their big men to wear down defences before spinning the ball wide.

Exmouth on the other hand, look to spin the ball wide and win games often in the last quarter as opposition teams tire.

The home side started brightly and went ahead in the ninth minute with a penalty kick. Then, despite great work in defence from the Cockles, the home side added a converted try to hold an early 10-0 advantage.

Exmouth’s cause was not helped losing Stu Lowe the Cockles biggest forward to injury, yet in James Harris who replaced him, a different dimension was added to their play.

The hosts then stretched their lead to 17-0 with a second converted try.

Undaunted the Cockles continued with their game-plan and, as their superior fitness began to show, they moved through several phases of play before Jack Downie got the travelling support cheering with a try under the posts that was converted by Andrew Powell.

Five minutes in to the second half the home side scored another try, this time unconverted, leaving the Cockles 15 points in arrears.

Nigel Berry, on as a replacement, made a real impact whilst alongside him, a real contender for Man of the Match was Jack Westlake who served up non-stop work rate throughout.

The Cockles forwards began to find a new gear and, from a ruck on the 22, Dave Kimberly broke the defence before supplying a deft pass to Matt Ryan and, on his return to 1st XV duty, the fleet-footed winger touched down under the posts.

Powell added the extras and then turned the screw further with two quick penalty goals as momentum swung in the Cockles favour.

The home side responded with a penalty, but that meant they only held a five point lead.

The knock-out punch arrived for the Cockles with 10 minutes remaining!

Attack followed attack and eventually the pressure told as Powell swept through to touch down out wide and level the score. His conversion on the touchline was a real tester; sure enough it went straight through the sticks to give the Cockles the lead for the first time in the game.

The home side did have a long range attempt at goal in the dying minutes, but the Cockles played clever rugby pinning the host’s back in their own half leading up to the final whistle, greeted joyfully by another; large and noisy band of travelling support.

This Saturday the Cockles play host to Amersham and Chiltern, the visitors bolstered by the arrival of some overseas players are sure to test the Cockles who will want to continue their winning ways.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

20:14
Football generic picture

Budleigh Salterton suffered their biggest defeat to date this season in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division when beaten 9-0 at Newton Spurs.

Read more
20:13
Brixington Blues Under-12 action

Brixington Blues Under-11s were handsome 6-0 winners when they entertained West Exe Youth.

Read more
20:05

There’s not been too much going of late up here on the common for me to report, writes John Bridgman.

Read more
16:42
Jonty Wright (second left) and Josh Findel-Hawkins (second right) with the Devon Under-14 squad that was in action at Milton Keynes.

Exmouth youngsters Jonty Wright and Josh Findel-Hawkins joined up with fellow county players this Saturday to travel to the National Badminton centre in Milton Keynes representing Devon Under-14s against Buckinghamshire.

Read more
16:40
Action from the Withycombe Under-14 defeat at Topsham

Withycombe Under-14s were beaten 43-0 by a well-drilled Topsham side who commanded most of the game.

Read more
16:39
Dave Mundy, Jane Babbage and Peter Nelson who played in the South African competition

Three croquet players from East Devon swapped the English winter for a South African summer to play in the Western Cape Open Championship held at Somerset West near Capetown, writes Colin Walls.

Read more
14:53
Football generic picture

Exmouth Town have earned themselves a lucrative Devon Bowl meeting with Exeter City.

Read more
07:57
Exmouth at home to Barnes. Ref exsp 08-17TI 7521. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth 2nd and 3rd XVs are enjoying a successful season.

Read more
07:57
Harry Webb (far left) with coach Harry Fitzpatrick

Former Lympstone ABCs Harry Webb will make his long awaited professional debut when he appears on a bill in Swindon on April 8.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:53
Exmouth at home to Barnes. Ref exsp 08-17TI 7493. Picture: Terry Ife

Cockles head coach Jon Hill spoke after the Barmnes win.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications