Exmouth V Sidmouth U14s

Exmouth 0 Sidmouth 12

This eagerly anticipated local derby resulted in a fine win for Sidmouth last Sunday.

If youngsters get the basics right – the score tends to take care of itself and so it transpired in the opening salvo for the greens. Simple , accurate handling resulting in enough space for Josh Golding to outstrip the Exmouth defence and score a text book winger’s try. Big Jo then converted superbly from the touchline.

However, the powerful Cockles forwards then lured Sidmouth into an attritional battle ‘up front’ to deprive the classy Sidmouth 3s from doing too much damage. Marchant, Andrew, FJ & Bondie maintained discipline throughout a torrid exchange with the opposition front rows and the referee. Time and again Exmouth’s huge lock was felled by Jo, Morg’ and Tids to neutralise any threat. Tids especially had much to consider playing against his old team from last season and he came close to scoring the second try at one stage.

Squad size has reached 25 now which meant wholesale change at half time. Debutant Tony Woodroffe quietly stepped onto the pitch but within 2 minutes exploded onto the scene with the hardest tackle of the game. Sidmouth never really looked in trouble and again  in the dying moments of the game the 3s worked Golding into enough space to burn Exmouth on the outside to put the icing on the cake.