The Cockles 2nd Team looked very good and eventually overcame a spirited Ivybridge Vandals 48-16. 7 tries in total, 2 from Jack Downie, James Goss, Harry Ottaway, Richard Cadywould, Sam Fulthorpe and Jack Greenaway. 4 Conversions added by Ottaway and one for Cadywould who also kicked a penalty. Although Ivybridge kept in contention it was the power of the forwards and pace in the backs that made a difference. Gareth Walker, on his debut, made an impact in the front row with Paul Flower and James Goss. Connor Smithers and Will Bright in the 2nd row bossed the line-outs with back row Ethan Langson Justice, Matt Seager and Charlie Mears working hard in defence and attack with added beef from Callum Wood & Connor O'Shaughnessy. The backs had real pace and the incisive running from returning Alex Goldman and Dan Sanders on his debut, caused all sorts of problems. Jack Downie, Rich Cadywould and Andrew Smith with Joel Ranft and Jack Greenaway had fun creating havoc out wide all afternoon. Half backs Harry Ottaway at 10 and Skipper Sam Fulthorpe at 9, marshaled this team very well.
As a first game in Devon Merit Table 1 for this season this was a great start with more to come. A large crowd found this very entertaining to watch. Next up away to Crediton 2s.