It was “Silent Sunday” at Oil Mill Lane, a peaceful day featuring parents and coaches desperately trying to keep quiet. Exeter started well, Captain Levi Richards making a long run into opposition territory. With their first attack it seemed Brixham must score but Craig Marriott made a vital tackle and Harrison Greenslade kicked the ball away to safety. Levi made another good run and offloaded to Hazam Badram, when he was stopped Noah Williams got the ball away quickly but the move ended in a knock on.
Exeter caught and drove from a line out and when the ball came out Jan Casling beat a couple of defenders to score, in his own words ‘a cheeky try’
Brixham came back strongly and despite a good tackle from Levi they managed to get around the outside of the defence to level the score at 5-5. Second row George Brennan made a strong run and Hazam surged forward into the Brixham 22 where the ball was passed out to Levi who spotted the overlap and ran in the second try with a couple of men in good supporting positions. Craig won a turnover and Harrison put in another huge clearing kick. New signing Tyler Ford, playing in the centre for the first time, made a good run, Ryan Lacey ran hard and offloaded to Harvey Lashbrook who also offloaded, finding Levi who scored. Harrison converted on a windy day to make the score 17-5. Brixham won a penalty and kicked for a line out but the Exeter forwards won a turnover and Harrison kicked the ball clear but Brixham again ran the ball around the Exeter defence to score. Good tackling from Hazam and Charlie Mason and strong runs from Tyler F. and Ryan brought the half to an end with score at 17-12 to Exeter.
Brixham soon put the home team under pressure but sub Tom Woodhead made a mazy run to gain some ground. Some good solid defensive work kept Exeter in the lead but they couldn’t make much progress against the wind. Tom Litton stole the ball at a line out but was penalised, First Levi and then Ryan made important tackles but eventually Brixham scored to level the scores at 17-17. The game became a bit untidy with both sides making mistakes. Noah and Charlie combined well out wide and Hazam and Ryan made great runs. Brixham were playing well and Noah made a great tackle out on the wing, Craig again made a tackle when it seemed Brixham must score. Monty Sorrell did some good work with a brave run and then bundled an attacker in touch. The forwards worked hard to repel a drive from a line out and the game ended with Ryan and Hazam running the ball away from trouble.
Final score 17-17
As the match reporter had to rush off (for a large Sunday Roast) I will leave it to my deputy to round up the report !
Why thank you Mr Oldfield.
Parents trophies went to Hazem and Arthur for their solid performances throughout the game. The coaches award was picked by Levi (match day captain) who awarded it to Craig Marriott for his try saving tackles (fine choice young man)