Ryan and Downie tries enable Exmouth to grind out victory at Avonmouth
Winning is the only thing that matters in league rugby, a point of view Exmouth's director of rugby Chris Wright fully subscribes to.
The Cockles came from 6-0 down to win 12-6 at Avonmouth in a National Three South West game of precious few highlights
After former Barnstaple full-back Joe Wearne had booted Avonmouth into a 6-0 half time lead at rain-lashed Barrack Lane, Exmouth finally got moving. Matt Ryan and Jack Downie collected a try each with Andrew Powell converting the first to reach 100 league points for the season.
"Sometimes you win ugly and that is all there is to it," said Exmouth's director of rugby Chris Wright.
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"Both sides struggled to play meaningful rugby in the first half as it was that wet.
"When the sun came out in the second half we looked a little brighter, but Avonmouth are a rugged side and hard to play against in any conditions. Once we got ahead we closed the game down and we were not prepared to lose after working so hard to get there."
Barnstaple won for the first time in three starts when they overturned Chippenham 25-12.
Barum played their best rugby in the second half as they pressed on from leading just 10-7 at the break.
Kevin Squire, Barnstaple's director of rugby, said it has been necessary to play a waiting game.
"In the second half we had the wind and the rain behind us and were determined to take every advantage we could from that," said Squire.
"As Chippenham's big pack tried on a heavy pitch we were able to get ahead.
"Although it was hard work we played out of our skins and got a great result to set us up for Exmouth this Saturday."
Brixham lost for only the second time this season when former leaders Weston-super-Mare beat them 20-15.
The Fishermen had a day to forget on the injury front as by the end they had run out of replacements, only had 14 fit men on the field and could not contest the scrums.
"The funny thing is we were 20-3 down when we went down to 14, then started to claw back into the game," said Brixham coach Dan Parkes.
Harry Davis and Kyle Browne had a try each with Ben Lovell kicking the other five points.
Newton Abbot hit a purple patch after half time away to Old Patesians to turn a 10-3 deficit into a 20-13 win.
Rob Avery-Wright converted tries by Kevin Dennis and Ed McGingley as well as kicking a penalty and dropping a goal for the All Whites.
Taunton Titans are hovering two points clear of the drop zone in National Two South after an 19-17 injury time defeat in the Westcoutry derby tussle with Clifton.
When Gary Kingdom bagged his second try of the match with three minutes to go, Tony Yapp converted for a 17-13 lead.
Clifton had one more attack in them and send Gareth Mason speeding to the line for the winning try.