Exmouth power to tremendous success at Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 11:18 21 November 2012

Action from Exmouth's win over Barnstaple

Action from Exmouth's win over Barnstaple

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Weston-super-Mare 8, Exmouth 42

Exmouth travelled to Weston to face a side with just one loss to date and sitting one place above them in the National 3 South West table.

As with the previous week, the Cockles had a difficult start losing wing Tom Elliott just seven minutes into the game through injury.

It left Dave Bargent moving from the back row to the wing, a role he then played with gusto.

Weston have dominated sides to date this year and tried the same tactics with the Cockles, However, this Exmouth side are not one to be trifled with and with 20 minutes gone following good build up play Andrew Powell collected his own grubber-kick through and off-loaded to Dave Kimberley to coast over the line. Powell added the extras.

Minutes later as the Cockles forwards harried the home team, livewire scrum half Matt Ryan seized on a loose pass to scamper over to score, but this time Powell’s conversion drifted wide.

Weston replied with a penalty kick, only for that to be cancelled out moments later by a Powell penalty.

Shane Cooper got the accolade of biggest hit of the game as he disposed of Weston’s number-eight with a massive tackle.

Weston continued to look ragged and Ryan added a second try to his tally as the home side dithered in defence.

With the half drawing to a close the Cockles rubbed salt into the wounded home side. Taking a lineout on the hosts 22 the Cockles mauled their way up field. Winger Jack Downie joined the forwards to touchdown as the try line drew close, Powell added the extras for a 27-3 half-time lead. Exmouth made good use of their bench and the Cockles were playing with an assured consistency much to the delight of their travelling supporters. The Cockles defence was outstanding, Weston failed on more than one occasion to use their much vaunted forwards to out muscle the Cockles to little avail.

Powell tucked away another penalty as Exmouth pulled Weston right then left, he then converted his own score as the Cockles powered to victory.

To their credit Weston never gave up and were rewarded with an unconverted try in stoppage time. Fittingly though, it was the Cockles who had the last word with stand in winger Dave Bargent finishing of a superb move to score the Cockles’ sixth try of the game.

Next up is Saturday’s now huge fixture with the only team to sit above them in the National Three (SW) table, London Irish Amateurs.

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