Channing makes triumphant return as Withy win at Honiton

PUBLISHED: 09:29 30 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:29 30 January 2014

Withycombe away at Honiton at the weekend. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref exsp 1156-05-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Withycombe away at Honiton at the weekend. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref exsp 1156-05-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

Honiton 12, Withycombe 15

Withycombe clawed back a 12-point deficit to win in difficult conditions at Honiton in their latest Tribute Devon and Cornwall League outing, writes Mike Richards.

The home side made a confident start and took an eighth minute lead when full-back Ollie Rice broke clear and then slotted an impressive touchline conversion.

Withy replied by rumbling down to the Honiton 22 only to come away empty handed after a maul was pulled down close to the home line.

The hosts then took a 12-0 lead with a Callum Hill try, but that was to prove the last moment of cheer for the home faithful.

Once Withy had worn off their ‘bus legs’ they began to impose themselves on the game. However, they were stymied time and again by the workmanlike home defence. The Withy enterprise eventually paid dividends when, with the final play of the first half, number-eight Mike Richards crossed the home line. Glen Channing’s conversion sailed towards its target between the posts only to be blown back such was the strength of the wind!

In the second half Withy, playing up the slope, took control with Channing’s trusty right boot dictating much of the play.

As the forwards again drove over the line, this time from a lineout drive, Luke Mingo, marked an impressive debut with a try that was followed by another confident Channing conversion... Jon Axon and the Laceman’s Callum Hill took a walk to the sin bin between the scoring of the try and the conversion!

Withycombe continued pressurising the Honiton line and elected to kick to the corner rather than take a kickable penalty, before taking the points with the next one. Channing put the visitors ahead from right under the posts with 15 minutes still to go. This seemed to spur Honiton, and they made a few forays into the Withycombe 22, but ultimately came up empty handed and frustration set in as another home player was sent to the bin on the final whistle!

Withycombe will be happy to come away from All Hallows with a win as it is never an easy place to go and play rugby, and the conditions made free-flowing running rugby something of a pipe dream. Still, it has now been three wins from three since Christmas and with Falmouth visiting on Saturday, Withy will be looking to extend that run.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

10:45

Feniton Under-16s are one win away from being crowned Exeter and District Youth League champions after a terrific 3-0 win at Acland Park over Exeter-based West Exe Exiles.

Read more
10:35

Seaton Cricket Club has significantly strengthened their batting with the signing of Matt Hewer from Sidmouth.

Read more
10:09

Upottery Reserves completed a wonderful week when they booked a place in the final of Geary Cup, beating Cheriton Fitzpaine 2-1.

Read more
08:51

Somerset Rebels were edged out by just two points in their latest SGB Premiership meeting, beaten 46-44 by Swindon Robins at the Oak Tree Arena, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Mike Hussey Memorial Pairs Cup qualifying results - the top two pairs to final on presentation night at Cloakham Lawns (Millwey Rise, Axminster), on May 5, 80pm start.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:32

Honiton Crib League saw the final of the Dan Downs Plate played.

Read more
Fri, 16:47

On a bright, but breezy day, 47 members turned out for the Opening Drive of the new season, at Seaton Bowling Club’s Jubilee Gardens Bowling Green, writes Alan Nicholas.

Read more
Thu, 11:00

Honiton Town were almost thrown another ‘big favour’ in the Macron League title race when rivals Newtown found themselves 2-0 down at home to Okehampton in a midweek encounter.

Read more
Thu, 09:56

Did you know that just about anybody can learn to fish? Fishing really is a four-season leisure pastime, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.

Read more
Wed, 10:24

This Friday (April 21) sees the start of the Ottery St Mary Bowls Club Club Nights where any new players are always welcome to come along and try their hand, all equipment and coaching is provided, writes Michael Smith.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications