The Cockles on the road - how bad is it?
PUBLISHED: 10:50 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:50 24 April 2018
Exmouth went down for the 11th time in South West Premier Division away matches when beaten 34-18 by already relegated Lydney.
So what is it about the Cockles playing away?
This season, in 13 away days, they have returned with wins just twice – the opening away game on day one of the South West Premier season when they won 40-29 at Ivybridge, but thereafter they could only muster one more success, a November 11, 22-20 win at Cleve. They scored less than 25 points in 10 of the 13 matches and conceded more than 25 in all but two of those matches.
But how does this season’s away record compare with last season when the Cockles were playing in National League Two (South)? They lost each and every one of 15 away games, scoring less than 25 points in nine of them and conceding more than 25 points in all but one of them.
In the 2015/16 season, the Cockles were plying their trade in National League Three (SW) and that campaign saw them win five and lose seven of 12 away games.
They did win three successive away games that season – the last time they achieved the feat in a league campaign. In January 2016 they won at Bournemouth and then Hornets before a victory at Chippenham.
In recent times, the best sequence of away wins was one of four successive away day victories which came at the start of the 2014/15 campaign when the Cockles were again in National League Three (SW), starting the season with a 65-10 win at Weston-super-Mare and following that with victories at Barnstaple, Brixham and Bracknell. Indeed, in that 2014/15 season there were not too many bad away days as the Cockles won nine and lost just four, going down at Newton Abbot, Bournemouth, Old Centralians and Redingensians.
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