Cockles slip to sixth successive defeat and remain rooted to the foot of the National Two (S) table.

PUBLISHED: 09:13 14 November 2013

Exmouth Cockles go head to head with Bournemouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 3919-39-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Exmouth Cockles go head to head with Bournemouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 3919-39-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Exmouth 20, Ampthill 42

A sixth successive defeat leaves the Cockles now five points shy of the second bottom side at the foot of the National Two (S) table.

With one third of the season completed it looks increasingly as if this is going to be a long hard season for all concerned at the Imperial Ground – not that anyone involved with the Cockles expected anything different this season for they are rubbing shoulders week in and week out with some very powerful set-ups.

This game saw the Cockles lead 13-12 after 17 minutes, but four tires either side of the break took the game the way of the visitors who sit second in the table.

The try count was won 8-3 by the visitors with the home try scorers being Richard Bright and David Bargent – the pair crossing the whitewash during a purple patch of four first half minutes. The third try was scored by Matt Garner on the hour.

Rob Avery-Wright was successful with two kicks, a third minute penalty to open the scoring and a 61st minute conversion after the Garner try.

Two of the Ampthill tries were scored whilst the Cockles were down to 14 men after the sin binning of Stuart Lowe.

On Saturday the Cockles travel to Bishops Stortford who sit five places and 11 points above them in the table.

Bishops Stortford have won three and drawn one of their ten games so far. Their most recent victory came last Saturday when they triumphed 20-3 at Bournemouth.

However, they have won just one home game so far, an October 19, 22-15 triumph over Southend.

After Saturday the Cockles host Clifton and then travel to Cambridge to complete their November matches.

In December they host Cornish All Blacks and then go to Southend before their final game before the festive prior, a December 21 Imperial Ground meeting with Taunton Titans.


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