Cockles put to the sword at Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 09:54 03 November 2010

Exmouth Rugby Club. Site for a possible supermarket. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 4729-43-10AW

Exmouth Rugby Club. Site for a possible supermarket. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 4729-43-10AW

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A DEPLETED Cockles side travelled to high-flying Bournemouth and suffered a heavy defeat.

Just a week after the highs of the Devon derby success against Barnstaple, it was very much a low for the Cockles to take from their trip to Hampshire.

Even though the Cockles had a man advantage, after a home sending off, they were unable to break down a solid Bournemouth side.

The two scores that made up the Cockles points both came in the first half.

First, the trusty boot of Richard Cadywould slotted a fifth minute penalty and then scrum-half Joe Parkin charged clear to register the lone try of the afternoon for the visitors.

The sides trooped off at the break with the home side leading 23-8.

The early exchanges of the second half quickly ended any visiting hopes of a come-back as Bournemouth ran in two early tries and they ended the game with a late brace to seal a disappointing afternoon for the Cockles players and supporters alike.

The Cockles sit eighth in the fourteen team National Three (SW) table with 22 points from their four victories across the opening nine games.

They are just ten points shy of the team currently in third, Old Patesians and they are eleven points better off than the third from bottom side, Oxford Harlequins.

This Saturday they have a Devon Senior Cup tie to negotiate against South West One (W) side Cullompton.

The Mid Devon men are having a miserable time this term in their League campaign having won just two of their nine League games to date and, last Saturday, they were beaten 27-10 at Cambourne, that a sixth loss of the League campaign.

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