Glad to hear final whistle

PUBLISHED: 15:45 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

P2726-07-08SH Exmouth played Hornets in the Tribute SW Two (West) league at the Imperial ground on Saturday.
Picture by SIMON HORN.

P2726-07-08SH Exmouth played Hornets in the Tribute SW Two (West) league at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Picture by SIMON HORN.

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Exmouth 22, Hornets 16 South West Two West BACK in October, when Exmouth were new to the idea of being divisional leaders, they travelled to Weston-super-Mare and beat Hornets convincingly, 47-17.

Exmouth 22, Hornets 16South West Two WestBACK in October, when Exmouth were new to the idea of being divisional leaders, they travelled to Weston-super-Mare and beat Hornets convincingly, 47-17.On Saturday, leading the nearest chaser Taunton by five points, it was the return fixture and with Hornets in the drop zone this should have been an easy day at the office for the Cockles. Captain Mark Wathes was back from injury and on the bench were Stuart Lowe and brothers Adam and Neil Hooper, totalling 900 games between the three of them, which suggested the Exmouth squad had strength in depth. Following the kick-off by Exmouth, any thoughts of an easy trip were dispelled within three minutes when Hornets' centre John Gallagher finished off a move which had torn the Cockles' defence apart. They fluffed the conversion but, with five points on the board, the visitors continued to control the game. After 25 minutes they went further ahead when James Biddle slotted a penalty. That second score stung the Cockles into action. When Jack Downie sliced through the Hornets' defence, and powered over the line, the referee decided that he had not grounded the ball. Minutes before the break, Hornets took a penalty scrum on the Exmouth five-metre line. The Exmouth pack responded by winning Hornets' ball.Lowe joined the fray for the second half and within minutes a scrum on halfway allowed the backs some space. Brad Perkins made the running, supported by Olly Turton, but it was Wathes who was on hand to make the touchdown. Richard Cadywould kicked the conversion and Exmouth took the lead for the first time.To remind Hornets who were top of the table, Exmouth sprung into action. It was no real surprise Jack Downie, receiving a ball from an Exmouth scrum, powered 30 metres up field and scored close in. Cadywould added the extra points and at 15-8 the Cockles had wrestled the game from Hornets. With 20 minutes played, Gallagher reduced the arrears by slotting over a penalty from halfway. With the score 15-11 it was still anyone's game but, when Cadywould dummied in mid-field and passed to Wathes, a scoring opportunity opened up. Wathes took the ball forward and Turton touched down close to the posts. Cadywould kicked the two points and, at 22-11, Exmouth looked more comfortable.For Hornets the game was not over and they chased it right to the end. With five minutes of injury time about to be played, the Exmouth defence seemed to be all over the place and it was Hornets who pulled one score back when Stuart Vinnicombe touched down for an unconverted try. Exmouth travel to Brixham for a league game this weekend. The next home game at the Imperial Ground is against Tiverton in the Rhino Devon Senior Cup on February 23.

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