Forrest wins Tackler of the Match as Exmouth Under-11s edged out by Sidmouth
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:00 18 April 2013
Exmouth Under-11s home fixture with Taunton was cancelled and a last-minute visit to Sidmouth was hastily arranged for the youngsters.
The contest was played over four quarters and the young Cockles were again guilty of a sluggish start with Sidmouth taking full advantage, running in two tries in as many minutes before Exmouth had woken up!
The Cockles found a way into the game and began to match the opposition in all areas, but made some weak tackle attempts to the frustration of the coaching team!
Owen Tidball, Richard Forrest and Luke Davis combined to shore up the Exmouth defence which gave the forwards some confidence to take control and work the ball up the field. Eventually the Cockles’ bullied their way over the line to score a try courtesy of Toby McConaghy. This marked the turning point in the game and Exmouth grew in confidence to become the dominant force. Sidmouth were forced into making long clearance kicks to ease the pressure on their line, but this was to be their undoing when a kick five-metres out was charged down by Tidball who quickly gathered and dived over to level the score just before half time.
After the break the contest was played for the main part in Sidmouth territory as the Cockles controlled the ball for longer periods, but were unable to convert greater possession and territory into points. The greatest opportunity fell to Davis who took a well timed pass from McConaghy and took off down the wing only to be tackled into touch a couple of metres out. Just when it looked like the second period was going to end without further score Sidmouth again kicked to clear their line and in what was one of the few occasions in the Exmouth half they came away with a try.
Periods three and four continued as before with Exmouth playing well and on balance had the percentage of possession and territory largely in their favour but neither side were able to add to the score and Sidmouth emerged 15–10 victors which disappointed the Exmouth team and supporters who felt this was against the run of play.
The whole squad was praised at the post match de-briefing for their hard work and in particular the newer players, Jarred Palmer, David Zrolko and Alex Lines, Richard Forrest was named as Tackler of the Match and the forwards were collectively awarded the Player of the Match honour.