On a day when many former club legends graced the club on past Captains Day, it was somewhat fitting that current Captain Jack Fahy, and former captain Dave Bargent put in a massive Shift to see the Cockles to victory.
With 25 former Captains increasing the bar take (substantially!) and sharing leadership stories from as far back as the 1960's, the big decisions were being made out on the pitch , with 18 players putting in a shift that all could be extremely proud of. Today's victory was built on a foundation of team spirit and work ethic , putting to bed last weeks below par showing with a high tempo performance.
14-0 down inside the first ten minutes, and a number of teams may have crumbled, but it is safe to say that the guys rolled their sleeves up, worked hard, stayed positive and grew more and more dominant in the game. Maidenhead were lively and well organised and without doubt deserved their two points. They caused problems in the wider channels and took their opportunities well.
Debutant Nick Headley looked lively, and claimed his first try. Matt Ryan scored what could easily become try of the season for superb team interplay, and Jack Downie continues to roll back the years, and is fast becoming one of the first names on the team sheet with some accomplished performances of late. Sam Richardson carried hard all game and made big inroads into the Maidenhead defence, and the tactical kicking of Fly Half Tom Whelan was a key difference between the two teams.
Today was a great day for the club , with so many former players in attendance. The 2nd xv claimed a bonus point victory against Drybrook in the South West Pilot League, which also saw player coach Ali Hill successfully make a playing comeback after two years out through injury. The colts , having to forfeit home advantage in order to get their league game played, beat their Crediton counterparts 50-0 , which will have delighted Colonel Justice. The Nomads, unfortunately lost narrowly just down the road in the Exmouth Derby.
Updated 21:56 - 21 Jan 2018 by Exmouth RFC Webmaster
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