Exmouth Under-11s reach Devon County Shield final

PUBLISHED: 07:36 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:36 11 April 2013

Exmouth 1st team played London Irish Wild Geese at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 8770-15-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth 1st team played London Irish Wild Geese at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 8770-15-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Exmouth Under-11s played in their first Devon festival for three years and their first in contact form and richly deserved their final placing of runners-up.

The young Cockles had a tough draw in the pool stages which saw them beaten 14-7 by Barnstaple and 21-7 by Okehampton.

Those defeats saw them out of the running for the Devon Cup, but into the latter stages of the Devon Shield.

First up the Cockles beat a good South Molton side 7–0 before seeing off Crediton 28-0.

The Cockles also managed to provide players to boost numbers for both Sidmouth and Withycombe! Credit must be given to Alec Dunstan, Zach Lines and Eddie Ford who volunteered to put on the Sidmouth Shirt and Ben Tew who joined Withies for the day.

The final against Tavistock was a closely-fought contest. Tavy struck first with a brace of opportunist tries early in the first half, the second of which was while Exmouth’s Harry Neath-Rogers was off the pitch having treatment for a bloody nose and replacement Blu Sandy had not got onto the field!

Eventually Exmouth were to get some reward for their efforts when Harry Sprague stole the ball from a Tavy lineout and crashed over.

After the break the Cockles threw everything at bagging a levelling score, but it was not to be and time ran out in the seven minutes a half contest.

The young Cockles can be very proud of their achievement and can now head into this weekends tough encounter at home to Taunton knowing that they are capable of winning it if they play as they did in the Festival.

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