Saturday sporting round-up – Exmouth Town win again / Budleigh suffer home derby defeat / Cockles lose fifth successive league game

PUBLISHED: 09:47 09 December 2018

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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The second Saturday of December saw another home success for Exmouth Town, but defeat in an East Devon derby for Budleigh Salterton and a firth successive reversal for Exmouth RFC.

Exmouth RFC reached the halfway stage of their South West Premier Division campaign when the final whistle blew on their 43-38 defeat at Camborne.

The Cockles slipped to a fifth straight defeat, but played their part in a terrific contest that was played throughout in quite a gale!

The defeat means that, at then halfway point of the campaign, the Cockles have won six and lost seven of their 13 matches so far.

At Camborne they came close to completing a stunning comeback for, trailing by 24 points at the halfway stage, the Cockles mounted a wonderful early second half recovery, getting back to trailing by just five points at 29-24 before the Cornish side again took control, staying ahead by that five point margin through to the final whistle.

The Cockles scored six tries in a contest that saw a dozen tries in all! Nick Halse (2), Will Rideout, Sam Richardson, Sam Richards and James Harris were the Cockles’ try scorers.

The Cockles, who now sit in the lower half of the table, in ninth position, will seek to avoid a sixth straight defeat when they host third bottom Drybrook on Saturday (December 15).

Withycombe were beaten

In football, Exmouth Town sit third in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division behind leaders Plymouth Argyle Reserves and second placed Tavistock after a 4-2 Southern Road win over Camelford. The Cornish side did lead 2-1 at one stage, but Town strengthened their bid for a promotion berth finish – and a chance to play in the Western League next season – thanks to a double from Mark Lever and single goals from Callum Shipton and Nathan Cooper. Budleigh Salterton scored twice in their South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division home game against high-flying Axminster Town, who departed with the points from a 4-2 victory.