Downie is four times a scorer in Cockles victory.

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:18 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH entertained mid table Chippenham at the Imperial Ground and an appreciative crowd were treated to an enthralling action packed game, writes Jan McCarthy.

EXMOUTH entertained mid table Chippenham at the Imperial Ground and an appreciative crowd were treated to an enthralling action packed game, writes Jan McCarthy.

Ten minutes in, Chippenham were on the scoresheet with a Dan Shuker try, converted by Dom Riccio, but Exmouth replied five minutes later when, following good interplay between forwards and backs, Jack Andrew took the ball out to Jack Downie for him to cross the line, Cadywould converting to level the score.

On 16 minutes Chippenham lost their flanker to the sin bin for a late tackle and Exmouth took full advantage of the extra man and, on 28 minutes, following some weak Chippenham tackling, went ahead when Ashley Stevens powered over in the corner following a good catch and drive by the pack but the difficult conversion fell short to put the Cockles 12-7 ahead at half time.

The first ten minutes of the second half saw the Cockles' Jack Downie touch down for a brace of tries, one of which was converted by Cadywould.

The first came from a half break by Stevens who recycled the ball back to Downie for him to run in by the posts and, from turnover ball, a kick down field was caught by Tom Elliott, who made the yards with Downie on the outside to receive a slick pass and make a touchline run in for his hat-trick try.

Tony Emmins and Garry Hooper were causing Chippenham problems with their direct running and the team continued to attack the visitors' line.

Exmouth put the pressure on Chippenham and increased their lead further on 20 minutes when, following a scrum, Garry Hooper made a midfield break.

The ball went on to Elliott who, when tackled, passed quick ball to Paul Morgan who crossed over in the corner but the conversion went wide to put the Cockles 29-7 in front

A lapse in concentration allowed Chippenham to score a couple of unconverted tries by John Squire and John Boddington but Exmouth had the last word when, on 38 minutes, Downie picked up ball from the loose and jinked his way through to go over in the corner for his 4th try of the day, giving the Cockles a superb, and richly deserved, 34 - 17 victory.

The Cockles put in an excellent all round team performance in both attack and defence and the team will travel with confidence for Saturday's trip to Coney Hill.

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