Defeat all part of learning curve

PUBLISHED: 15:15 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

Bideford Colts 10pts, Exmouth 0 What a great set up they have at Bideford! Despite the copious amounts of rainfall, the first-team pitch was in excellent condition – and the hospitality just as good.

Bideford Colts 10pts, Exmouth 0 What a great set up they have at Bideford! Despite the copious amounts of rainfall, the first-team pitch was in excellent condition - and the hospitality just as good.

This young Exmouth side continue to learn lessons from wiser opponents, which continues to encourage them and those supporting them.

It is just a matter of time before they truly click, and there were glimpses of this potential at Bideford.

The first half was probably the most exciting part of the game. Exmouth forwards were on top for most of it against a much bigger side providing clean ball for the back line.

Alex Hole was dwarfed by his opposite number but gave a powerful performance.

Both sides had kickable penalty opportunities but the heavy ground took its toll with all three were missed - two from the boot of Adam Morris.

The first half was a joy to watch; two evenly matched sides giving their all to gain that ellusive opportunity to convert posession into points.

Powerfil runs by John Kay and Liam Millman tested the Bideford defence but both sides covered well to keep their lines intact.

The second half was in many ways similar to the first with both sets of forwards battling to gain possession, although the Bideford backs appeared to have a slight edge.

Bideford stepped up a gear in the second half and some well-worked rolling mauls saw them score two tries out wide, one each by James Starkey and George Berry. Both went unconverted.

The tries were not scored without some defiant Exmouth defensive work with the forwards putting in big tackles.

The older, maybe wiser, Bideford forwards retained the ball, rolling one way then the other on both occasions.

The conditions meant much of the play was among the forwards and understandably both sets of backs made errors with the combination of cold hands and a slippery ball.

The frustration led to an above average number of penalties being awarded as the discipline slipped on both sides.

Exmouth can take heart from this game as they played their part in providing an entertaining match.

Perhaps they will rue not having made more of their first-half possession when hard-won ball frequently did not cross the gain line and the forwards found themseleves going backwards having won the ball.

Next Saturday will see the return match - at home - against the same opposition.

For those wanting to see how much these lads are developing, get to the Imperial Ground for a 2.15pm kick-off.

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