Knight impresses as Cockles under-11s shine at Cullompton
PUBLISHED: 14:53 11 January 2011
AFTER a lengthy break the Exmouth under-11s made a welcome return to action when they travelled to Cullompton for a couple of matches.
With the Mid Devon side enjoying an excellent season and making their home ground something of a fortress, this was always going to be a difficult task for the Cockles.
However, they collectively served up a battling display in both of the matches.
The first was a close affair with both sides showing some superb levels of skill, the hosts ran some excellent line whilst the Cockles were totally dominant up front, bringing their rucking game straight from the training ground onto the match pitch and looking very threatening.
There was little between the sides and the only score of the game from a set-piece move by the hosts in the closing stages that gave them a 7-0 victory.
The second game saw the Cockles step up a gear, seemingly determined to erase the memory of the narrow defeat in the previous game.
Keeping the ball in tight the Cockles ploughed down the slight slope and Richard Hall slipped over the line for the first try of the game.
Will Tidball added the extra with his trusty boot and, from the restart, an almost carbon copy of a try, this time by influential skipper, Joseph Oates, again converted by Tidball, put the Cockles in complete control.
It was no surprise when a fourth try arrived; Joseph Stevens finishing off a sweeping move, Tidball added the extras and the Cockles held a 21-0 half-time lead.
With a comfortable lead the second half offered the opportunity to field players out of their preferred positions.
With their confidence at a high, they held strong and didn’t allow the hosts to get on the score sheet.
This was very much down to the collective tackling of Ollie Toomey, Josh Wibberley and Ethan Langson-Justice, whilst contender for player of the day, Lawrence Knight, who was superb in both games, saw out the closing stages iced up on the sidelines!
The Cockles are back in action this coming weekend with a trip to the Exeter Chiefs.