Cockles coach on another disappointing away result

PUBLISHED: 12:20 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:20 28 March 2018

Action from the Exmouth defeat at Cleve

Action from the Exmouth defeat at Cleve

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After another hugely disappointing away result, Cockles head coach Jon Hill lamented: “It was certainly a frustrating afternoon, with a high work rate demonstrated by the lads, but a little attention to detail was what was lacking.

Action from the Exmouth defeat at CleveAction from the Exmouth defeat at Cleve

“Cleve were very good value as they were clinical with the opportunities that they created and they started both halves with such a high tempo.”

He continued: “I believe we had more territory and possession, and the score line doesn’t reflect the balance of the game. That said, we must acknowledge the job done by Cleve, who were lively and efficient with the ball and both gritty and hard-working in defence.”

Hill added: “The half-time score of 12-9 meant that all was still to play for. However, unfortunately, our errors were punished in the second half and the rest is history.

“Harry Ottaway kicked three first-half penalties, but we will rue a couple of good opportunities missed.

“In the second half, 17-9 down and camped in the Cleve 22m, we made a line break and gave a penalty away one metre from their try line. One minute later they are under our sticks with a breakaway try and all of sudden we are staring down the barrel and the game is gone!”

Hill then summed up, saying: “What I do know for sure is that we are in a dogfight now and simply must up the accuracy in our next game, which is against Camborne on Saturday (March 31).”

The Cockles Man of the Match award went to Dave Bargent, who was superb from first whistle to last, while one of the Cockles’ colts - Harry Ottaway – carried on where he had left off in the previous game with an excellent shift in the number 10 berth that time and time again put the Cockles into good positions from which to launch attacks. Hill says of the Ottaway performance: “He is certainly one for the future.”

In other Cockles club action, the 2nd XV suffered a narrow defeat, but did bank a bonus point, away at Drybrook.

Hill said: “With no fewer than eight colts in the side, and a veteran on the bench, there were perhaps too many gaps to plug, what with a high number of absentees at both 1st XV and 2nd XV level. That said, to those that stepped up, we thank you. It was a real bonus for us as a club that we were still able to compete at 2nd XV level despite fielding such a young side.”

The Nomads stepped up their promotion bid with a comprehensive 54-0 victory over Bideford 2nd XV, and Hill said: “Tinners’ men simply go from strength to strength with a strict ‘no training’ policy.

“The final four weeks of the season are huge for the club and we sincerely hope that everyone will get behind us.”

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