Parkin leads by honest example

PUBLISHED: 08:53 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:27 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Colts claimed a 14-8 victory when the two sides met on Saturday. It took the young Cockles just six minutes to put the first points on the board. Constant pressure in the Honiton 22 saw great interplay between forwards and backs before the ball w

EXMOUTH Colts claimed a 14-8 victory when the two sides met on Saturday.

It took the young Cockles just six minutes to put the first points on the board.

Constant pressure in the Honiton 22 saw great interplay between forwards and backs before the ball was spun wide and Dan Macleod beat his opposite number to dot down wide out and Howard Smith did well with the conversion to put the hosts 7-0 ahead.

From the restart, it was Honiton's turn to apply the pressure for some time.

Exmouth kicked away a lot of good possession to a team who counter- attacked well and made good territorial gains from the sloppy kicks.

It was nip and tuck, with Honiton having some good opportunities to score, but the final pass often went astray.

Early in the second half Honiton narrowed the gap with a well-taken penalty kick and again the match was even in most departments. Exmouth gained some good ground from Man of the Match Joe Parkin, which found the Cockles pressuring Honiton's line once more.

Macleod was up quick forcing the Honiton backs into mistakes which fly half Smith pounced on to increase the lead. He converted his own try.

With five minutes to go Henry Strickland took a bad knock to the head.

The referee stopped the game as the Exmouth physio ran on and the Exmouth team stopped for immediate treatment to the concussed forward.

Honiton took a quick tap penalty and scored as the home team looked on in disbelief as the referee awarded it.

A tough ding dong of a game as the scoreline suggests. Exmouth did well, but need to play a little more intelligently in future.

Tom Steer starting his first game looked alert and impressive at fullback.

Vice Captain Mark Roach was also outstanding in a well-drilled back row of Ty Tuckett and Ash Reid.

l The team and club wish skipper Joe Parkin the best of luck as he represents the South West Colleges team in the final stage of the England College trials on Friday, December 18 at Warwick University.

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