Quins V Okehampton

Okehampton 2nd xv 10  Sidmouth 2nd xv 25
 
The Quins secured  another away victory on a very sodden pitch.
With both teams only 14 strong, Okehampton played down the slope, scoring a try within 5 minutes of play. Dogged defence and a bit of misfortune prevented the home side increasing their lead.
After 20 minutes Chris Aplin, under pressure fielded a ball inside his own 22, expertly passing to Ben Salter who took play into the opposition 22, before a knock on stopped a certain try.  Ben Ward up from the colts gave a very assured display at fly half, earning a "Man of the Match" award in his first senior outing. Slotting 2 well taken penalties to give Sidmouth a slender lead. Okehampton charged down a kick to score on the stroke of half time for 10- 6 lead.
Playing down the slope Sidmouth were soon on the scoreboard Ben Pratt scoring wide out, with Ward adding the extra 2 points. With the momentum with the Green team, a few sloppy passes and wrong options halted any more scoring for the next 15 minutes. Okehampton tried running the ball up the marsh land when the ball was dropped, Ben Salter hacked the ball on twice from halfway and won the chase to touch down, Ward kept up his successful kicking rate. Sidmouth scored 1 more try from Captain Stuart Bickerstaff who managed to keep his footing before touching down wide out, this time young Ward shaved the wrong side of the upright. The referee rightly blew the whistle to end this match played on a pitch what perhaps wasn't fit for the purpose. (My personal opinion.)
The spirit in the team is still very positive, with the commitment away from Saturdays certainly needs improving. The next game is against Devonport Services at the Blackmore KO 2.30, the Quins will be looking to avenge a defeat down their in the first match of the season.