Yet another clean sheet

PUBLISHED: 16:19 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

FOLLOWING their impressive win against Cullompton in their previous outing, Exmouth Colts travelled to North Devon for a league match feeling very confident. The up-beat mood of the young Cockles was underlined as they returned down the North Devon Link

FOLLOWING their impressive win against Cullompton in their previous outing, Exmouth Colts travelled to North Devon for a league match feeling very confident.The up-beat mood of the young Cockles was underlined as they returned down the North Devon Link Road with a second win over Bideford this season.A great start to the game saw some clinical displays of handling and sharp back line moves. Leading the way was Dan Macleod and Ty Tuckett, who combined to put scrum half Joe Parkin over for the first try of the match. A lovely inside pass by centre Macleod saw Tuckett break through the line, leading to a great pass to put the half-back through. Shaun Fayter booted over the extra two points.Sam Reid had an excellent game at fullback and was awarded with man of the match, along with Ty Tuckett who did a superb job on the wing out of his normal position.A break by Reid, from the kick-off, looked promising with great footwork and a well taken chip and chase but ended when he was denied by a last gasp home challenge. Tuckett put in some good tackles out wide and was solid with the ball in hand.Both sets of forwards battled it out through the match and set up good platforms for their backs. Exmouth's pack stood out especially well and defended methodically throughout the game. After a five metre scrum, in Bideford's half, Shaun Fayter released a fast dart through the defence with an excellent individual try. Exmouth moved comfortably into a 12-0 lead before the break.The second half saw Exmouth continue to be the dominant force. Lloyd Murrin was first on the score board with an individual effort after a powerful surge through the last lines of defence. Fayter was unfortunate to miss the conversion as the scoreboard registered 17-0 in the visitors' favour. The forward dominance was stepped up from the Cockles' pack, with Captain Sam Bull and Tom Caygill leading by example with immense power and stamina. It was again time for the backs to strike with Kev Rodwell being put in out wide for the fourth try of the match. This proved to be the final score of the contest that ended with the Cockles 22-0 victors.The fact that the home side failed to score is testimony to the outstanding defensive structure the young Cockles have this term and, throughout, that defensive unit was always in charge of a lively opposition who constantly probed but without ever looking like being able to breach the lines.The Cockles' Ivor Bull said: "This was a confident display throughout the side with bags of endeavour and plenty of talented play. Coverage of the pitch was an excellent team effort and everybody deserves lots of praise for another win with a clean sheet on the road.

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