Siddle stars in Cockles Colt’s Crediton success

PUBLISHED: 17:14 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:14 21 September 2011

Exmouth played Bournemouth on the Imperial ground on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 9023-37-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth played Bournemouth on the Imperial ground on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 9023-37-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Exmouth Colts returned from a visit to Crediton with a richly deserved but hard earned 20-12 success.

Playing with the slope and strong wind in their favour in the first half the Cockles made a good start and just three minutes in they were ahead when Paul Bright intercepted a telegraphed pass from the home fly-half and raced clear to score and Danny Sampson duly converted.

For the next 20 minutes the game was played in the middle of the pitch, with the Crediton forwards taking the upper hand and kept making ground by playing a good driving game.

Exmouth defended well, and, after a Crediton infringement, Sampson kicked a penalty into touch on the home teams 22.

From the line-out scrum-half Lloyd Watkins’ fine run set up Sampson to score and he converted his own try to increase the advantage.

Just before half time flanker Aaron Conway was yellow carded for being off side but there was still time for Sampson to slot a penalty to send the Cockles into the break leading 17-0.

Shortly after the restart Sampson again put away a penalty but then it became a case of all hands on deck as the home side, buoyed by the elements took charge with their significantly heavier forwards powering holes in the Cockles defensive line.

They did manage a brace of tries, one converted and the Cockles spent much of the latter stages of the game camped in their own twenty two. They did so with great gusto and all put a shift in as tackle after tackle was recorded.

When the final; whistle went Exmouth were fully deserving of their 20-12 win. The man of the Match award went to flanker Will Siddle for his tireless work in defence.

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