Exmouth seeking home comfort in Saturday visit of Clifton

PUBLISHED: 20:03 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:03 20 November 2013

Exmouth head into Saturday’s National Two (S) home meeting with Clifton in desperate need of success, writes Stephen Birley.

A 31-7 defeat at fellow strugglers Bishop Stortford last Saturday gave a good indication of the problems this season for the Cockles.

Director of Rugby Chris Wright said: “We put in a fantastic 40 minutes in the second half when they barely got into our 22. However, at then level we are now operating at a good half is simply not enough. We certainly did not lack endeavour, but that’s no good if you don’t score tries!”

All the Cockles had to show for their efforts at Bishops Stortford were a Chris Bentley try on the stroke of half-time and a Rob Avery-Wright conversion.

Saturday’s visit of Clifton offers hope of a second league success of the season on the basis that the Bristol side, who won 53-13 at home to Bournemouth last weekend, have not won on their travels since a 37-20 success at Ampthill on September 21.

Their last three games have seen them lost 20-21 at London Irish Wild Gees, 34-10 at Southend and, most recently, 27-13 at Taunton on November 9.

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