Cents today battled to a well earned victory over title hopefuls Exmouth after losing narrowly to league title favourites Redingensians last weekend.Cents thought they deserved more from last week match at Redingensians and once again they had to face another of the title hopefuls for a second week running,looking for a different result this time round.Earlier in the season Exmouth beat Cents fairly well after coming from behind and the home side knew they would be in for a tough match and so it turned out to be.
The match was played at pace with the ball going from end to end with both defences on top, chances were at a premium throughout the game.The match was hard and physical with a lot of commitment and passion evident with several chances created and not taken by either side.The score at half time was 3-3 with Exmouth for most the of the half on top of the scrumage, the lineouts were a lottery for both sides and the loose was well competed for by both sides.Both defences were well on top and the half shot by time wise.
At half time Cents made a change to their scrum and brought on James Elliott who made a dramatic impact straight away.Where as Cents struggled in the scrum for the first half,Cents now dominated for the rest of the match and it was Exmouth who were under considerable pressure for the remainder of the game.
For the first twenty minutes of the second half Cents built up a lead of 16-3 based on the now solid platform of a strong scrumage and they scored the first try of the match when Capt. Liam Hemming scored one of his trade mark tries were he spotted a gap in the away sides defence then dancing his way through the defence.Liam converted his own try plus a further two penalties to give the home side a breating space.Like all good sides Exmouth mounted a strong response putting Cents under a lot of pressure despite being under pressure in the tight.They kept the ball in hand and attacked from all over the pitch and Cents defence had to be at it's best for the last 15 minutes of the match.Exmouth's efforts were rewarded in the final minutes when they scored wide out after a conserted passage of playand their kicker earned their bonus point with a good touch line conversion.
All in all a good match to watch for both sets of supporters as the game had everything and both sets of players gave it their best.Next week Old Cents travel to a resurgent Barnstaple side and Cents have never won at this ground so they know they will be in for a tough time despite today's result.