Exmouth fail to score for only the second away game in 78!

PUBLISHED: 09:48 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:48 14 February 2018

Exmouth action from the defeat at Brixham.

Exmouth action from the defeat at Brixham.

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Since the start of the 2012/13 season, Exmouth had failed to score in only one of their 77 away games prior to Saturday’s South West Premier Division visit to Brixham.

However, it’s now two shut-outs in the last 78 away games as they went down 28-0 to their Devon rivals.

The only other occasion that the Cockles have not registered a single point in an away game – a period of time that covers three spells in National League Three (SW), two seasons in National League Two and this current campaign in South West Premier – was on their January 3, 2015 visit to Bournemouth for a National League Three (SW) game that the Cockles lost 10-0.

Brixham, who went into the Devon derby having not won in three outings, bossed the early proceedings. Conditions were not conducive to any form of running game and it became something of a ‘slog’ in the Brixham mud! Forward power led to the opening home try and when a clearance kick was taken comfortably by a home flanker Sam Thomas, he ran it home, the conversion was slotted and Brixham held a 14-0 lead.

In the closing seconds of the first half the home side scored a third converted try and they trooped off at half-time with a 21-0 lead.

During the break, the hosts changed into clean shirts – as did match official James Milliner. As the second half wore on the contest became one with the ball spending much of the time in the middle third of the pitch.

There was one more score, a fourth converted try for the home side, with flanker Morris scoring his second try of the game to complete the scoring.

There was one big surprise for the Cockles when they pitched up at Brixham, for there, warming-up with the home side, was Dan Powell.

Powell joined Plymouth Albion from the Cockles last season, but has had a couple of loan spells back at the Imperial Ground, the most recent being just before Christmas when he was on the way back from injury.

Brixham have now signed Powell on loan until the transfer deadline at the end of the month.

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