Cockles final game mirrors the season
PUBLISHED: 14:15 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH stepped up a league this season and, after a shaky start, have shown that they are able to compete in South West One but with the visit of Weston on Saturday for the final game they were reminded that mistakes at this level will be punished, write
EXMOUTH stepped up a league this season and, after a shaky start, have shown that they are able to compete in South West One but with the visit of Weston on Saturday for the final game they were reminded that mistakes at this level will be punished, writes Michael England.
They let the game slip away in the first half and although they came to within a point of the visitors in the last quarter Weston always seemed to have the edge.
After an early score from the visitors the Cockles were quickly level when Adam Garner, playing an unaccustomed role at 10, responded with a try which Richard Cadywould converted.
In the 12th minute Weston regained the lead and took a 12-7 lead into the second quarter of the contest.
During this time they added another converted try but the Cockles went in still in the game after a Cadywould penalty just before the break reduced the score to 19-10.
With seven minutes of the second half played, turn over ball led to Weston's fourth try scored by No 8 Dan Fry.
McKay converted and at 26-10 the scoreline was beginning to look terminal for Exmouth but over the next twenty minutes they had their best spell of the match.
Richard Cadywould kicked a penalty immediately after the Weston try and when five minutes later a Ben Boswell try, converted by Cadywould took the score to 26-20 the fight back was really on.
Exmouth kept up the pressure and Jack Downie finally got the reward with a nicely worked try taking the Cockles to within a point of the visitors.
Richard Cadywould missed the conversion but with ten minutes left to play it looked possible that an unlikely Exmouth win was on the cards.
Try as hard as they did they could not break down the Weston defence and finally two McKay penalties put paid to any thoughts of an Exmouth win.
This completed the current League season and with changes in place for next season the Cockles will move into a new National League structure which bodes well for more good rugby at the Imperial Ground.