Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Bridgwater and Albion 0, Exmouth 24
Exmouth RFC continued their pre-season campaign with a clean sheet victory over Bridgwater and Albion, writes Mark Briggs.
The Cockles are two leagues above the Bridgwater side, but the victory was not as comfortable for the national League Two new boys as the score line suggests!
Both sides were weaker than usual, which meant it was a chance for some of the youngsters to shine.
Exmouth opened the scoring after seven minutes. They won a scrum on the halfway line and moved the ball right. An early tackle was missed creating a gap for right-wing Matt Garner to show an impressive turn of pace and touch down in the corner. Rich Caddywood converted with an excellent kick.
Bridgwater then exerted concerted pressure on the Exmouth line, but were unable to score.
It took until the 32nd minute for Exmouth to increase their lead. Following pressure, Bridgwater were penalised close to their own line and visiting scrum-half Garry Hooper took a quick tap and crashed over. Rich Caddywood again converted.
On the stroke of half time, full-back Andrew Powell, who had proved a lively runner throughout the game, caught the home side sleeping with a quickly-taken penalty near halfway and ran through to score the third try. Although Rich Caddywood’s conversion attempt hit the post, Exmouth led by 19 points.
With both sides taking advantage of unlimited rolling replacements there was only one score in the second half. Midway through, an excellent flowing move by the visitors saw left-wing Tom Hodge score in the corner. Rich Collywood again hit the post with his conversion.
All in all, the match was a decent test for the Cockles who begin their National League 2 South campaign against Chinnor on September 7.
They do have one more pre-season engagement with Cullompton visiting the Imperial Recreation Ground tomorrow (Friday) for a 7pm start.