NOT much to be said about Crediton First Fifteen’s first trip to Lydney, Gloucestershire, on Saturday, November 23, the result it has to be said was something of a shock.

Yes, there were mitigating circumstances such as a car breakdown on the way up which meant two players were unable to get to the game, a couple of injuries during the game and players playing out of position.

However, we are in a league where opponents will make you pay dearly for any failings on the pitch. In general, our defence was poor to say the least as the scoreline would reflect and to concede 11 tries in a game, particularly when the home side were just one place above us in the league, is difficult to understand.

As with the game against Hornets two weeks previous, we have to pick ourselves up for the game against Newent on December 7. It is a game we must and should win, there can be no excuses for failing to do so.

For the record, Ollie Avery-Wright kicked three penalties.


With so many regular Second team players not available, this was always going to be a difficult task for the Seconds especially as Barum had five first team players coming back from injury.

However, as one home supporter commented after the game, despite the scoreline, the Crediton players did the Club proud, they kept going and working for each other right to the end and were a credit to the Club.

Paul Harris