Exmouth in seventh heaven after triumph at Brixham

18:12 31 October 2012

Exmouth action at Brixham

Exmouth action at Brixham

Archant

Brixham 21, Exmouth 24

Exmouth extended their winning run to seven consecutive games with a hard fought victory over Brixham which was always going to be a difficult Devon derby, writes Jan McCarth

The Cockles started the game well playing up the slope and were awarded a surprise penalty try in only the fourth minute when the home side brought down a driving maul which was destined for the line. Andrew Powell kicked the conversion.

The Fishermen reduced the deficit with a long range penalty by Ben Lovell.

The Cockles played some inspired rugby and a fine break by George Savage, fending off several tackles, resulted in a well taken try by Jack Downie with Powell converting.

The first quarter of the game seemed to be all Exmouth and Powell increased the lead further with a finely struck penalty from some 40 metres. However, Brixham refused to buckle and came back with a try by Matt Crosscombe, converted by Lovell who also put over two long-range penalties to give the Cockles a slender 17-16 half-time lead.

The Fishermen started the second half strongly and centre Matt Titchias went over out wide when Exmouth ran out of defenders.

The Cockles continued to play some good rugby in this second half, but were unable to convert pressure until the half 10 minutes from time when they were awarded another penalty try after Brixham collapsed two scrums and Powell converted.

The Fishermen, having come from behind in their last match, exerted a great deal of pressure on the Exmouth line. In the last five minutes, with a lead of just three points the Cockles dug deep, defending well as a team to see the game out.

There was much relief and joy when the refereeā€™s final whistle went, but all connected with the Cockles know that Brixham will be looking to exact revenge when they visit the Imperial Ground, Exmouth on Saturday week in the quarter final of the Devon Senior Cup.

Saturday sees the Cockles entertain a Chippenham side who were beaten by just three points at Weston-super-Mare last weekend. Kick-off on Saturday is 2.30pm.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 09:45

Christmas, no surely not yet. There’s too much to do! Exe Racers were out on the water training all Saturday, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Thu, 12:40

Brothers Jonty and Morgan Wright were in Badminton England competition at the weekend.

Read more
Thu, 12:40

A woeful first half show cost the Cockles dearly as, despite a terrific second half comeback, they were beaten 34-21 by visiting Clifton in their latest National Two (S) match.

Read more
Thu, 12:39

East Budleigh Reserves followed up their strong performance against table topping Witheridge with a clinical 6-0 success at Feniton thirds, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
Thu, 12:39

Exmouth RFC head coach Jon Hill pulled no punches when he spoke following the Cockles defeat to Clifton.

Read more
Thu, 12:38

Brixington Blues Under-12s won a close encounter with Sidmouth Raiders 2-1.

Read more
Thu, 12:38

Brixington Blues Under-10s moved confidently into the last four of the Exeter and District Youth League KO Cup with a 2-0 victory over Central City.

Read more
Thu, 12:38

East Budleigh were 4-1 winners when they hosted Tedburn St Mary in a Macron League Division Three game.

Read more
Thu, 12:38

This year, Devon County Indoor Bowls entered the National Over 60s Inter County Competition, writes Jude Latta.

Read more
Thu, 12:37

Budleigh Salterton were beaten by the odd goal in five on their visit to Appledore for a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division game.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°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

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications