Tidball treble against the Tops
PUBLISHED: 10:49 24 November 2010
Exmouth and Topsham under-9s met in a couple of matches that served up a Tops win in the first and a well matched draw in the second.
EXMOUTH Under-9s played hosts to Topsham in a local derby, writes Mark Jones
The Tops arrived with a strong side and had the better of the early exchanges in the first game, opening proceedings with a couple of early tries.
The Cockles fought back hard but were beaten in both the ruck and mauls.
A pep-talk at the break seemed to galvanise the young Cockles and they looked much better after the re-start.
Harry Sprague picked up the ball from the scrum and fed to Owen Tidball who went on a mazy run before crossing the Topsham line. Ollie Jones almost added a second, being held up just before the line.
The final quarter of the contest saw some brave efforts by Aaron Lee whilst, when the Tops broke, they found the impressive Archie Symons a difficult opponent.
However the greater power of the visitors paid in the end with the final score 10-1 to the Tops.
The second match was a much closer affair with the young Cockles producing a much better display, indeed one that saw them firing on all four cylinders!
Fly-half Owen Tidball ran some way after receiving from the scrum to score and Tidball quickly doubled his tally with another fine run but the Tops were always I the game and got a try of their own before the break.
There was just the one score in the second half, that falling to Topsham to leave the game ending at 2-2.
There was much to admire from the Cockles though. Archie Symons once again made some superb tackles whilst both Stewart Masters and Eddie Ford made storming runs that were held up just before the line.
Next up for the young Cockles is this weekend’s trip to Crediton.