Cockles punished for indiscipline and individual errors in Ivybridge defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:36 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 02 October 2018

Mark Wathes in action for the Cockles during the defeat at Ivybridge. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Mark Wathes in action for the Cockles during the defeat at Ivybridge. Picture CONTRIBUTED


Exmouth suffered a second successive South West Premier defeat when they were beaten 41-31 on the artificial surface at Ivybridge.

Matt Ryan in action for the Cockles during the defeat at Ivybridge. Picture CONTRIBUTEDMatt Ryan in action for the Cockles during the defeat at Ivybridge. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Beaten, the Cockles may well have been, but the fact is that were it not for the clinical punishment by the home side of some indiscipline and simple individual errors, then the Cockles faithful would have been celebrating a fourth win in five league outings so far this season.

At Ivybridge, against a confident home side that had won all four of the league fixtures so far this term, the Cockles made a strong start, but, the early season Achilles heel that is basic error making, an early infringement saw the home side open the scoring with a penalty.

The Cockles’ response was excellent and, for the next 20 minutes, they bossed the game, looking very comfortable on the home club’s new artificial surface.

Stunning team tries from Dave Bargent on 10 minutes and Jack Downie on 28 minutes, both converted by Tom Whelan to see the Cockles into a deserved 14-3 lead.

Dave Bargent in action for the Cockles during the defeat at Ivybridge. Picture CONTRIBUTEDDave Bargent in action for the Cockles during the defeat at Ivybridge. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Occasionally, a team is vulnerable just after they have scored and so it proved as the hosts crossed the whitewash with a 31st minute try and followed that with a 34th minute penalty to reduce the Cockles lead to a single point at 14-13.

Simple errors and generosity with the penalty count were going to cost dear. The Cockles lost Connor O’Shaughnessy to a yellow card just before the break.

The interval helped stabilise things for the Cockles, who, despite still being a man down, started the second half well and extended the lead with a long-range Whelan penalty.

However, nine minutes into the second half, with the Cockles still a man light, the home forward pack took serious advantage, being awarded a penalty try for a collapsed scrum. This heralded a six-minute spell where Ivybridge turned the screw and effectively closed out the game scoring two further tries to move into a commanding 34-17 lead.

The Cockles dug deep and showed true spirit and determination to grab a try through Sam Whitehead with the extras by George Meadow closing the gap to 24-34.

However, on 60 minutes, Ivybridge breached the defence, going over for their final converted score to move into a 41-24 lead.

The final 10 minutes were all about the Cockles and their endeavours to seek a bonus point fourth try and they got it when, right on time, skipper Jack Fahy went over after some patient work from the forwards.

It was left to Meadows to convert with the final action of the contest, one that need [STEVE - something amiss in this sentence] with the Cockles beaten by a margin of just 10 points.

If the Cockles can eradicate the issue of indiscipline and occasional individual error making then, by continuing to perform, with the style and desire they have shown over the first few weeks of the season, they will be rewarded. This Saturday (October 6), the Cockles are in home action when they entertain Maidenhead.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Devon 24 visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Devon 24 staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Devon 24 account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

44 minutes ago

Despite having a handful of key players missing, Axmouth United returned from their visit to third-placed Otterton with all three points thanks to a 2-0 success, writes Chris Salter.

Read more
44 minutes ago

Ottery St Mary Under-18s were in fine form when they made the short trip across to meet Broadclyst in a Devon County League game.

Read more

Exmouth United Under-9s were 11-0 winners when they met Sidmouth in their latest Exeter and District Youth League outing.

Read more

Exmouth Town last week maintained their challenge for a top three finish, but were made to work extremely hard by teams beneath them in the league, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more

Exmouth Town Under-13s were involved in a thrilling game that yielded no fewer than a dozen goals!

Read more

Axminster Town powered to a big win when they became the latest side to put South West Peninsula League Eastern Division basement dwellers Liverton United to the sword, beating the South Devon side 10-0 at Tiger Way.

Read more

Exmouth Town Under-18s eased their way into the quarter-finals of the Devon County Cup, winning 4-0 away at Plymouth-based Elburton Villa.

Read more

Sidmouth & East Devon Fencing Club (SEDFC) sent a number of youngsters to Plymouth to compete at the Buckland Cup, a handicap junior foil meeting, and a number of medals were brought home, writes Nigel Manning.

Read more

The sporting adage of ‘you are never too old’ certainly applies to the news that Exmouth Harrier Ray Elston has just made his England debut at the grand age of 79, writes Des White.

Read more

The past week was certainly another busy one for Sidmouth bowlers with action in both county and national competitions, all with varying results, writes Carol Smith.

Read more

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read Sport

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

East Devon 24 regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

FFind planning applications