Exmouth face a day of destiny at London Irish Wild Geese on Saturday

21:18 08 January 2014

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It was a strange day of results in the National Two (S) with three of the top four losing.

Leaders Hartpury College suffered only their second defeat of the season when beaten 21-31 at second in the table Cambridge.

Despite the reversal Hartpury still hold a nine point lead at the top of the table.

Third placed Canterbury slipped to a seventh defeat of the season, beaten 18-6 at Cornish All Blacks, the Duchy side claiming their tenth win of the term.

Fourth placed Ampthill and District went down 36-12 at Clifton.

Non playing Exmouth would have been boosted by the news of another defeat for Dings Crusaders who went down 24-5 to hosts Taunton Titans.

More good news came in the form of an 18-13 defeat for London Irish Wild Geese, beaten 18-13 at Bishops Stortford.

Redruth sit fifth bottom on 40 points, twice the total banked so far by the Cockles, after they went down 22-0 at Southend. The teams sitting sixth and seventh bottom meat with Chinnor edging out Shelford 22-21.

Exmouth have now played two games fewer than the majority of the other National Two (S) clubs.

To avoid a bottom two finish the Cockles must target two from London Irish Wild Geese, Dings Crusaders and Bournemouth in their battle to avoid a quick return to the league they fought so valiantly to climb out of last season.

The National Two (S) table after the January 4 matches.

P W D L F A Pts

Hartpury College 17 13 0 4 611 384 66

Cambridge 17 11 0 6 471 330 57

Canterbury 17 10 0 7 457 408 54

Ampthill & District 17 10 1 6 562 367 53

Southend 17 10 0 7 411 418 52

Clifton 17 10 0 7 446 431 49

Taunton Titans 16 10 0 6 432 430 48

Bishops Stortford 17 7 1 9 429 444 46

Cornish All Blacks 17 10 0 7 374 400 45

Shelford 17 8 2 7 394 352 43

Chinnor 17 8 0 9 386 380 41

Redruth 17 7 1 9 374 428 40

London Irish WG 17 5 0 12 406 463 33

Dings Crusaders 17 5 0 12 341 456 29

Bournemouth 16 4 1 11 326 528 25

Exmouth 15 3 0 12 312 513 20

The next three matches will surely prove to be pivotal in the Cockles battle to avoid the drop!

Over the next three weekends they play three of the six sides to sit immediately above them at the foot of the national Two (S) table.

The sequence begins with Saturdays visit to South East London and a meeting with London Irish Wild Geese.

When the pair met at the Imperial Ground in September the Cockles were 19-16 winners.

The week after they entertain a Dings Crusaders outfit they were beaten 25-19 by in early October.

They travel to a Shelford side that won 42-20 when the pair met in Exmouth on October 12.

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