Clock stops Honiton fightback

11:12 13 February 2013

Honiton at home to Devonport. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 7800-07-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Honiton at home to Devonport. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 7800-07-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

Honiton 20, Devonport Services 23

Honiton lost a tough encounter narrowly at Allhallows on Saturday afternoon 23-20 to Devonport Services, writes Nick Guilbert.

On a very sticky pitch the Lacemen showed good endeavour all game but were undone by a strong Plymothian scrummage that twisted and turned the home side all day.

The East Devon side opted to play down the slope in the first half in a bid to create a lead. They balanced a solid game with sensible kicking and Webber struck with two penalties to give Honiton a six point advantage. The Servicemen were predictably strong in the contact area and played a structured game, but failed to trouble the Lacemen in open play.

Honiton again moved into the bottom half of the field. Devonport acquired possession and moved the ball into the centre of the field from their left. From the ensuing ruck they continued passing to the right only to find man of match Garman reading the passage of play with a fine interception. Garman raced in unopposed from 25 yards for a converted score that Webber converted.

Honiton had a score to defend and they kept the civil servants at bay until the last 10 minutes of the half when the home side committed a number unforced errors provided territory for the away side. Numerous scrummages followed, and Devonport turned the screw on Honiton who had no answer to the power. Eventually the Servicemen burrowed over to narrow the deficit going into the break.

Honiton started the second half brightly but it was clear that the scrum was to become a massive issue. Devonport hit the Lacemen hard in this area at every opportunity and the home side had to soak up some hard stuff.

Devonport went into the lead from another good scrum and Honiton were up against it. They responded with the try of the game, and possibly their season as a turnover in the middle of the field provided Selway with the chance to give Meadows quality ball. Meadows, who travels to Australia at the end of the week, has been a good servant to the club since his return from Exmouth.

He fed Hill who found Hannay and Garman. The three interchanged passes again as they romped up the left to put Hannay over the line in the left hand channel to the delight of the home crowd. Webber converted superbly from out wide in horrendous kicking conditions.

Honiton were into the lead, but again Devonport used their scrum to acquire another five points from an eight pick and go. This made it 23-20 and Honiton had 10 minutes to pull it out of the bag.

Webber was unlucky with a long shot at goal, before Honiton had a chance up to kick to the top left hand corner.

Meadows did the honours finding touch. Honiton went to two, but had the ball stripped from them in the maul. Fortunately Devonport strayed into touch. This time Honiton went to four but the ball couldn’t be gathered and the away side escaped.

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 20:50
Sidmouth Bowls Club Captains Day and the men's captain and vice-captain shake hands in front of the players before the action got underway.

With only a month remaining of the outdoor season, many of the finalists for the club competitions are known with only a few semi finals still outstanding, writes John Mason.

Read more
Thu, 20:49
Ottery St Mary, the 2015 Tolchards Devon League C Division East champions.
Back row: (left to right); Joe Birch, Will Harrison, Rob Johns, Dan Flower, Rob Crabb
Front row: (left to right); Pete Gascoigne (scorer), Billy Rudolph, Ollie Reed, Lewis Townsend (capt), Sam Lynch, Billy Reed, Zac Johns, Elliott Jeffery (Bovis Homes).

Despite their local derby with Feniton being truncated by a spectacular thunderstorm, a fine bowling display last weekend saw Ottery St Mary 1st XI claim the necessary points to clinch the Tolchard’s Devon League C Division (East) title and thus secure promotion to the third tier of Devon cricket for the first time in their history, writes Ian Townsend.

Read more
Thu, 20:45
rugby

The Sidmouth rugby senior squad had a second warm-up match against Honiton in preparation for the coming league season and once again showed their ability to play a fast, mobile game with a fine display of running rugby and finishing to score twelve unanswered tries in a 70-0 win, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Thu, 20:44
Bowls

The men’s Over 60s team enhanced their chances of a top three finish in their County League Division with two excellent wins, writes David Harris.

Read more
Thu, 20:44
Rugby

The rugby club are planning to build on the successful introduction of girls rugby last season, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Thu, 20:40
Generic croquet. Ref shsp 8970-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Once again the Sidmouth B-level advanced tournament was very popular and highly successful with players attending the oversubscribed event from various parts of the UK, writes David Temple.

Read more
Thu, 10:49
Ollie Caute completes the Weymouth Bustinskins Open Water Sprint

The N1 Tri Club enjoyed some terrific success last week, writes Dennis Elliott.

Read more
Tue, 22:15
Bowls

Seaton bowlers were beaten when they visited Broadclyst for a triples match, writes Maria Johnson.

Read more
Tue, 22:15
Bowls

Lyme One’s winning run came to an end last week, going down 8-2 at Sherborne in the final league game of the season, writes Terry Moffitt.

Read more
Tue, 22:15

After several days of dismal weather in East Devon, bright sunshine awaited the five AVR’s as they arrived at Budleigh Salterton for the scenic, multi-terrain 2105 Jurassic Coast 10k race, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

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

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition


Honiton's trusted business finder