Monday, October 21, 2013
Tavistock II 24, Honiton II 0
Honiton seconds travelled again this week, this time making the fairly long trip up to the moors to face Tavistock, writes Tom Churchward.
As per norm this season, Honiton travelled with the bear 15 and ended up on the wrong end of the score line!
The Laceman’s problems this year have been a lack of backs, but ironically they made they trip with only four recognised forwards, and due to this the game went uncontested in the scrums from the start.
With three debuts were made, two of them by 17-year-olds playing their first game of senior rugby, Honiton kicked off playing up the heavy slope.
The first 20 minutes were scrappy with both sides failing to get into the game and handling errors dominating proceedings.
Honiton were defending well, but the superior Tavistock pack showed their strength with some close quarter phases to cross over.
Failing to convert, Honiton pushed on but were caught out by some strong running from the home sides three quarters, who crossed over twice to leave the score 17-0 at half time. Playing down the slope in the second half, Honiton again looked dangerous in attack and knocked on the door several times, but failed to get the scores they needed. Tavistock closed the game out in a professional way and crossed over once more for a converted try to leave the final score 24-0.
Considering the fact that several people played out of position, Honiton’s effort could not be faulted, with several players impressing in key areas, especially Alex Davies who shone at the lineout and breakdown.
Credit must got to all for travelling when many clubs wouldn’t.
It get’s no easier for the side as they welcome a strong Barnstaple side to Allhallows this weekend.