Cockles face champions-elect Dings Crusaders in crucial Saturday game

PUBLISHED: 15:50 04 April 2018

Action from the Exmouth defeat at Cleve

Action from the Exmouth defeat at Cleve

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Exmouth’s South West Premier game at home to Camborne suffered a rain-enforced postponement with a waterlogged Imperial Ground on Easter Saturday ending any hopes of the Cockles playing the Cornish side.

The remainder of the South West Premier Easter Saturday fixtures went ahead and, as a result, the Cockles have slipped another place down the table.

They go into Saturday’s (April 7) home game against table-topping Dings Crusaders sitting ninth with 55 points from 22 games.

There’s no need for panic amongst the Cockles’ faithful for, after the meeting with the champions-elect on Saturday, their next two outings are against two of the bottom three sides in the section with an April 14 trip to 12th placed Newbury Blues followed by an April 21 game at basement side Lydney.

The final game of the season will now be the re-arranged home game with Camborne on April 28.

Cockles head coach Jon Hill says: “There are some big games all round coming up for our senior teams. The 1st XV’s meeting with Dings Crusaders is a huge one for us.

“Dings have just been promoted and have been the stand-out side in the division this season.

“We owe a big performance to ourselves and our supporters, and perhaps there is no better time to play Dings than this weekend when they have been celebrating their promotion back to National Two.”

In terms of player availability for the meeting with Dings, Hill says: “We have renewed availability for the all-important run-in and should benefit with the returns of Sam Richardson in the back row, and Lloyd Watkins, Mark Wathes and George Meadows into the back line.”

With regard to the club’s current table position, Hill says: “We certainly don’t want a situation where we are looking over our shoulders at the teams below us, and at the minute it is all in our hands.

“However, with three teams going down, we will need to win two of our remaining four games to cement our position in this league for another year.”

Saturday’s meeting with Dings kicks-off at 2.30pm and the match is being sponsored by C Sansom Ltd and the Three Little Pigs Pub in Crediton.

This coming weekend also sees big games for some of the other Cockles teams. The 2nd XV entertain Dings Crusaders 2nds and the 3rd XV host Torquay 2nd XV in a top-of-the-table clash.

There’s action also for the Colts, who will warm-up for their Colts Devon Cup final the following weekend by taking on Newton Abbot.

There’s midweek action at the Imperial Ground next Tuesday (April 10) with the Cockles set to take on Brixham in the re-arranged Devon Cup semi-final. The winners will meet Ivybridge in the Devon Senior Cup final.

Tuesday night’s game is being sponsored by Ideal Cleaners, is an all-pay game and kick-off is 7.15pm.

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