Cockles disappoint in home defeat.
PUBLISHED: 13:21 20 January 2011
The Exmouth faithful were left feeling mighty disappointed as they watched the Cockles slip to a home defeat at the hands of Cheltenham based Old Patesians, writes Chris Wright
With a strong wind blowing across the pitch it was always going to be a game of two contrasting halves.
Playing with the considerable elements in their favour in the first half it was crystal clear that the Cockles needed to try and take an advantage into the half-time break.
Unfortunately, the home side were definitely not firing on all cylinders!
Line-outs went astray, long miss passes often went forward and, when most threatening, the visitors held firm by fair means or foul, perhaps lucky to not see a man in the bin early on as Exmouth were stopped a metre short!
With the Cockles mistakes to spur them on, a well drilled Old Pats XV took full advantage and slick handling resulted in an unconverted try to add to a penalty kick whilst precious little ball seemed to go the Cockles way and, when deep in their own half they failed to use the strengthening wind, so, it it was the visitors who left the pitch at the break with an 8-0 lead.
Minutes into the second half the visitors went further ahead with a second try.
This did seem to spark a renew effort from what had been a flat Cockles performance and, following a series of phases of play, Andrew Powell scored a try to get the hosts back into the contest.
The visitors replied by camping in the Cockles 22 from where a five metre scrum gave their number nine the platform to score a converted try.
Skipper Mark Wathes pulled a try back for the Cockles, who then went down to 14 with all the subs having been used and a man off injured.
Despite their best endeavour, a final try was conceded from a loose pass five minutes into injury time. The conversion was successful and the Cockles trudged off the pitch suffering a disappointing 27-10 defeat.
This weekend the Cockles travel to Oxford Harlequins in search of their first league win of 2011