Exmouth lifted by Trophy win

PUBLISHED: 15:26 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH coach Nick Southern hopes the 35-15 EDF National Trophy win at Bromley will kick start the Cockles' season. The Cockles had to come from 14-8 down to beat the Kent side, who were more than a match for Exmouth up to the hour mark. Four tries in the

EXMOUTH coach Nick Southern hopes the 35-15 EDF National Trophy win at Bromley will kick start the Cockles' season.The Cockles had to come from 14-8 down to beat the Kent side, who were more than a match for Exmouth up to the hour mark.Four tries in the last 20 minutes put Exmouth in the clear and into the draw for the second round, which is worth around £1,000 in extra prize money.Southern wasn't too worried about the cash though; it is the morale boosting effects of the win that he is pleased about."We have had a tough start in South West One after getting promoted into it this season, not helped by playing the top four sides in our first five games," said Southern."So far we have only won once, so winning at Bromley has been good for morale, even though we didn't win pretty."Our next three games are against sides in our half of the table - Cleve, Oxford and Chippenham - and we have to look at winning them. From that point of view a confidence booster is helpful."Exmouth have drawn the short straw in the second round of the EDF National Trophy - rugby's equivalent to soccer's FA Cup. They have been handed a grueling pilgrimage to National League side Canterbury.Going to Bromley in Kent in the last round of the competition was the furthest Exmouth had ever travelled for a match. Canterbury is 55 miles further."Someone up there doesn't like us, that's for sure," said Southern."This is the third or fourth time in the last couple of years that we have been in this competition - and we have not been drawn at home yet."It is disappointing that we have been drawn away to a National League side, but we will give it our best shot."More pressing for the Cockles is to take both points off Cleve when they visit the Imperial Ground this Saturday.

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