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Bye encouraged by Crediton performance

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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CREDITON coach Phil Bye was encouraged by his side's display despite their 16-11 defeat at OPM.

Having been 11-0 up at half-time having had the conditions in their favour, they were unable to build on their advantage as the home side improved and Kirton got on the wrong side of the referee.

However, Bye said the ideas he and fellow coach Brian Sherrell have brought in this season after taking charge are starting to come through on the pitch.

"We played with the wind and the slight slope in the first half and we did everything we have been talking about in training – recycling the ball, clearing players out and coming on to the ball from depth at pace," said Bye.

"We have introduced a lot of new stuff this year and there's been a lot for the players to take in but Saturday's game showed we are moving in the right direction.

"I said to the chaps after the game that we'll turn up for training on Tuesday, work hard and if we can play as we did we will have more successful results than negative."

After Rob Milton slotted two penalties, Crediton raced even further ahead when Mike Pearce put Tom Foan away and he hit the ball at pace, broke a couple of tackles and went over in the left corner.

Bye and Sherrell knew they needed more points to be in with a good chance of recording an away win in Plymouth but that was their scoring done for the day.

"We had an 11-point lead but Brian and I said we needed one more score before they scored but we got blown off the park for the first 20 minutes of the second half," Bye said. "We couldn't get any continuity.

"We were trying to build momentum but we weren't really allowed to do that. It can be very difficult for a referee when he is being assessed to let the game flow and it was a bit stop-start. That didn't help us. They got three penalties and scored a very good try, we had no complaints about that.

"We finished really strongly and played exactly how we had started – we had guys coming on to the ball at pace and moving the play left and right. They defended quite well but every time we got close we seemed to give away a penalty and that released the pressure.

"As far as the performance goes we were delighted with it. The result was disappointing."

Kirton are at home this weekend against Pirates Amateurs and they will hope prop Dan Manns will be available after withdrawing from the team to face OPM for family reasons.

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