Disappointing start

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 June 2010

Honiton RFC 1st XV began the New Year in disappointing fashion on Saturday afternoon with a 16-0 loss at Allhallows.

Honiton RFC 1st XV began the New Year in disappointing fashion on Saturday afternoon with a 16-0 loss at Allhallows. Crediton, their opponents on the day, proved to be better organised and Honiton's application, whilst in attack, let them down.Playing up the hill on the top pitch in the first half was always going to be difficult and Honiton were up against it from the off. their defence has improved recently and they kept Crediton out in the first quarter. Conditions were difficult and, although the away side had the majority of the possession in the early stages, Honiton were very resilient and soon began to push uphill. Their momentum was halted however, and it was Crediton who drew first blood with a penalty kick 30 yards out. Jason Hannay played for the first time in several months and he and his brother made good inroads in to Crediton territory, but both they and their colleagues were guilty of making too many basic errors. The conditions were poor but the home side failed to apply themselves accordingly. Honiton's secure lineout allowed them to maintain their fair share of possession, but the scrummage was poor all day. They struggled to gain any momentum as a result and the away teams number nine had an armchair-like ride throughout the game. The first half ended with no further score and Honiton remained confident that they could over turn the three point deficit following the break. The Lacemen tried to press on in the second half but they looked short of ideas. Crediton defended well but the home side failed to stretch them significantly at any stage. Two questionable infringements midway into the second half allowed the away number ten to stretch the lead to nine points. Honiton were still in with a shout, but they never acquired the required level of cohesiveness to score. Bowley, Wilson and Garmen were introduced in the second half but they too failed to make an impact. Late on, a series of five yard scrummages in Honiton territory finally finished the game as Honiton failed to clear. A Crediton maul on the left hand side could not be stopped and although a pile of bodies covered the ball, the referee gave the try in the corner. The kicker then added insult to injury as he converted from out wide with two minutes to go. It was desperately disappointing for the Lacemen, who had the benefit of a large crowd, but they must keep trying to ensure their Devon and Cornwall League status.Next week Honiton face Tiverton in the Devon Senior Cup.

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