Exmouth RFC – Our weekly chat with head coach Steve ‘Pez’ Perry

PUBLISHED: 13:20 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:20 22 November 2018

Action from the Exmouth versus Bournemouth South West Premier match that saw the Cockles beaten by the all-conquering visiting side. Picture JASON FAHY

Action from the Exmouth versus Bournemouth South West Premier match that saw the Cockles beaten by the all-conquering visiting side. Picture JASON FAHY


Cockles head coach Steve Perry was upbeat after the defeat to all-conquering Bournemouth.

He had every reason to be so positive as, for long periods of the game against the favourites to win the South West Premier – and by some distance – he had seen his Cockles team give as good as they got.

Mind you, he was also very clear as to what the difference was between the sides on the day.

He said: He said: “In a word – clinical! That’s what they were when they fashioned an opportunity and, whole we created lots of good things we lacked the clinical edge that they were able to deliver when most needed.”

He continued: “I must also say that they were also exceptional at the breakdown and here again they were that little bit more clinical than we were and those small margins make all the difference.”

The Cockles head coach praise his side saying: “Look, any team that wins 10 from 10, at whatever level, is a quality side, and we did match them for long periods. Indeed, had we been a tad more clinical in the first half – and we certainly have it in us - we may well have put a bit of daylight between us in terms of the score. Now I am not suggesting that it would have been enough to deny them winning the contest over the 80 minutes, but it is something we need to continue to learn from as we go forward and continue to look to develop and improve in all areas of our game.”

He continued: “I am not losing any sleep over being beaten by the division’s stand out side. Far from it, indeed, as far as our campaign goes it has to be very much the case that we take defeat on the chin, dust ourselves down and prepare as best we can to go again on Saturday.

“As I have said before, the season is a slog, but the good thing is that the next game is soon upon us and its now the case that we need to focus on what we did wrong – or rather did not get right, against Bournemouth and making sure that we learn from any mistakes we did make, be that individually or collectively.”

One area that the head coach is keen to see improved is the growing number of penalties awarded against his side. He said: “The high penalty count is a concern, but it is something we are working on. That’s the beauty of this league, the next game is so quickly upon you that you have the two midweek session to iron out any issues and problems and then you go again a few days later and look to right any wrongs!”

On the injury to Matt Ryan, the head coach said: “It was so unfortunate for Matt as he has been playing very well and been a key figure for us in the number nine berth. It looked a nasty break and it goes without saying that all at the club wish him a very speedy recovery and we do sincerely hope it will not be too long before we see him back on the pitch.”

On Saturday the Cockles head for Bracknell, a side that sit 11th in the table, five places below the Cockles who have 12 more points than the Berkshire side.

Bracknell have won three and lost seven with all three victories coming at home against Camborne, Drybrook and Old Patesians.

Perry says of the game: “It will be tough, as all games are at this level, but there is no reason why we cannot go up there and get a positive result. It’s important in terms of the bigger picture of our season that we do bounce back from the Bournemouth defeat.”

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