Long trip worth it for Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

Bromley 14pts, Exmouth 35 EDF National Trophy IT was EDF National Trophy day last Saturday and Exmouth, seemingly always destined to travel away in this competition, made the 400-mile round trip to Bromley in Kent. Away trips in the League this season ha

Bromley 14pts, Exmouth 35EDF National TrophyIT was EDF National Trophy day last Saturday and Exmouth, seemingly always destined to travel away in this competition, made the 400-mile round trip to Bromley in Kent. Away trips in the League this season have been a bit torrid for the Cockles so this was an opportunity to get into the winning habit. Although Bromley might have considered themselves underdogs for this game, they are a side that has winning ways, unbeaten this season and an appearance in a Twickenham final in the last few years. Playing downhill with the wind, Bromley quickly made their mark when their talented No8, Tom Standfield, recently back from New Zealand, split the Cockles' defence to score. Full-back Keiran Leeper converted and with just two minutes on the clock Bromley were seven points up. Exmouth responded with a Cadywould penalty four minutes later but it took them another 15 minutes to get into a scoring position.As the game entered the second quarter, a Garry Hooper run took play into the Bromley 22 and when he was held up Bromley kicked to give Exmouth a line-out on the home 10-metre line. Chris Strong provided the initial surge; Ed Baxter took the ball to the line and a pass out of the tackle found Shane Cooper in support and the tight head scored wide out. Cadywould narrowly missed the conversion, but Exmouth were 8-7 up. Exmouth continued to play in the Bromley half but despite ample territory and possession the score remained the same up to the half-time whistle. Bromley kicked off the second half with both the elements and slope favouring Exmouth. But it was the home side who posted the first score when, after eight minutes' play, an Exmouth kick was charged down and fly-half James Marshall scored under the posts. Leeper converted and Bromley were back ahead at 14-8A Cadywould penalty five minutes later narrowed the gap and with Exmouth now stepping up the tempo more scores looked on the cards. Murray Daniel, now on the field for Shane Cooper, obliged 10 minutes later when he finished off a superb drive by the pack. Now leading 16-14, Exmouth started to control the game and over the last quarter added a further three tries. With 15 minutes to go a break by Mark Wathes, supported by Man of the Match Ed Baxter, put Strong over.Two minutes later Wathes was again involved when he combined with Cadywould and Seb Phelps to put Adam Garner in for a try. Cadywould finished things off when he scored a fine individual try, jinking through the Bromley defence from the 22 to score under the posts. He kicked the conversion as well.League rugby returns to the Imperial Ground this weekend with the visit of Bristol side Cleve (2.30pm).l WITHYCOMBE pulled out of their EDF Intermediate Cup trip to Truro due to team-raising problems.If the competition is held next season, and the likelihood is it will be swept away as part of an RFU revamp of regional rugby, Withies will be barred from playing.Withies are at home to Devonport Services this Saturday.

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