Cockles head coach speaks about defeat at Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 11:01 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:01 04 February 2018

Action from the Cockles win over Maidenhead at the Imperial Ground

Action from the Cockles win over Maidenhead at the Imperial Ground


Exmouth went down 28-7 on their visit to Bournemouth for their latest South West Premier fixture.

What was clear from the Cockles game in Hampshire was that, once again, it was very much a case of ‘five margins’ coming into play.

Cockles head coach Jon Hill said: “Sometimes games are won and lost on very fine margins, and without doubt, even though we played the second half with 14 players, we were on the wrong side of very fine margins at Bournemouth.”

He explained, saying: “At 13-7 down, with 10 minutes to play I genuinely felt that we really could have won the game 14-13 for, at that stage, we were dominating field position and possession.

“We worked so hard as a team with a man down, following the red card to captain Jack Fahy four minutes into the second half, and had a number of good opportunities to score in the second half.”

Hill continued: “You have to give full credit to Bournemouth for the way they defended inside their 22, in what was a full blooded affair with both teams throwing everything at each other throughout.

There was a bite to the game, and the man in the middle was keen to make an impact in the contest, brandishing cards and pitch changes to ensure everyone knew who was in charge. Sometimes you have to adapt to the way the game is managed, and I am not sure we were able to effectively reset ourselves following some key decisions that went against us. This is something we need to work on as a team.”

As for the final outcome, Hill said: “Two tries, and a penalty to Bournemouth in the last few minutes of the game flattered the score line, but credit to them for taking their chances in the 22 which was the difference between the two sides on the day.”

Speaking about individual contributions, the Cockles head coach said: “Harry Ottaway had a decent debut at full back and is certainly one for the future, and Sam Fellows gave a good account of himself on his debut too.

“In a side missing the likes of established firt teamers Whelan, Bright, Halse, McGregor, Hawley and Ryan , nobody could ever question to work rate and commitment levels of the 18 man squad who gave everything.

“We lacked a little bit of accuracy and discipline in our play in their 22 and this is an area for us to work on.”

On Saturday (February 10) the Cockles are in Devon derby action when they travel to Brixham to try again and play the fixture that was cancelled last month.

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