Exmouth Under-15s take positives from injury-hit defeat at Topsham

PUBLISHED: 09:11 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:11 14 November 2013

Exmouth's Max Lawson tackles his opposite number during the Cockles' Under-15 match against Topsham

Exmouth's Max Lawson tackles his opposite number during the Cockles' Under-15 match against Topsham

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Topsham 34, Exmouth 0

Exmouth Under-15s went into the game missing a number of regular players and fresh from defeat to the same opposition in Exmouth a week before, writes Andy Lawson.

As a result of the unavailable players the game was played with uncontested scrums.

Unusually for the Exmouth boys they started the game strongly showing some real purpose in both defence and going forward in attack.

After a tight opening 10 minutes the home side broke the deadlock with an unconverted try.

The Cockles came closest to scoring mid-way through the first half. Alex Taylor and Nat Aasmaa both made ground deep inside the Topsham half resulting in a line-out close to the try line. However, from the resulting phases of play the young Cockles just couldn’t breach the strong Topsham defence.

Exmouth’s cause suffered further when skipper Tarquin Kerton-Johnson was forced off and the home side began to exact greater control. They were denied another try by superb last-ditch tackles from Chris Turl and Jules Green.

During the opening exchanges of the second half the Tops added three further tries, this despite some great cover defence from Jack Sawden at full-back.

Injury struck again with the Cockles first reduced to 14 and then just 12 players and the home side took advantage running in two more tries before the referee blew for full-time.

With only one replacement available, the Exmouth injuries contributed in part to the final score. The Cockles can take positives from the game, particularly the all-round first half performance.

Special mention must be made of the contributions of Jules Green and Leon Wharram who played out of position in the front row and also of the parts played by Ned Mills, Josh Williams and Mitchell Venton, the trio that were at the heart of everything positive about the teams play.

This Sunday the team entertain Plymouth side Stonehouse Sharks in a cup tie.


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