Hornets move off the bottom after encouraging victory

PUBLISHED: 09:40 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 January 2018

Hornets v Exmouth.

Hornets v Exmouth.

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Hornets produced their most complete performance of the season to defeat Exmouth at The Nest.

Hornets 22 pts

Exmouth 17 pts

On a cold and blustery afternoon, Hornets produced their most complete performance of the season by defeating their Devon visitors by four tries to three.

A powerful start from the kick-off saw Hornets’ backs and forwards combining with multiple phases of possession, before hooker Dave Vivian crossed in the corner.

This try was scored without Exmouth being able to get their hands on the ball.

A further try soon followed scored by winger Nick Somers, following good work by the backs. Both conversions failed, although Charlie Carter was unlucky when both kicks rebounded off the uprights.

Hornets were dominating possession and were unlucky not to score again before half-time.

Following the break, the home side went further ahead when they pinned Exmouth on their own tryline and following several scrum penalties awarded to Hornets, No 8 Matt Parker, making his season’s debut, powered over for another unconverted try.

As expected, a side as good as Exmouth were not going to lie down and they counter-attacked and quickly secured two tries of their own, one of which was converted to narrow Hornets lead to 15-12.

The game was now in the balance and a moment of magic from the much-improved Hornets back division saw a midfield break by the excellent Adam Francis set up Danny Bailey for a brilliant try, converted by Carter.

Exmouth quickly scored their third try to bring the score to 22-17 to the home side.

The last 10 minutes had the home crowd holding their breath and with the game going into injury time and Exmouth attacking, it was a huge sigh of relief when the referee finally blew for full-time.

This much-needed victory saw Hornets move off the bottom of the league table, but more importantly it gave the players and supporters a morale boost as it proved they could compete with clubs above them in the table.

Saturday’s game away to Lydney will help to prove whether this change in performance can be maintained.

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