Honiton let themselves down as they are beaten at Tiverton

Tiverton 32, Honiton 9 In a more evenly contested game than the score line suggests, Tiverton just had too much structure for the Lacemen, writes Nick Guilbert.

Tiverton went into the game unbeaten, but it was the visitors who started the better of the two sides. Tiverton were penalised several times at the ruck area and Thompson was unlucky not to give Honiton the lead from two place kicks.

Tiverton broke into the game on the ten minute mark with several decent forays into the Honiton half. They used the blind side to good effect, and their large winger smashed over from the five yard line.

The kick was missed, but soon after Honiton coughed up possession and the home side dotted down in the left corner.

Honiton were looking reasonable when they had the ball, multiple phases forced Tiverton into conceding another penalty.

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Thompson did well to convert, but Honiton gifted Tiverton their next score when a foul up in the midfield allowed Tiverton to hack to the Honiton line.

Whitton did well to recover the ball but Honiton compounded their initial error by attempting to play out of their dead ball line. Predictably the ball went loose and a Tiverton player pounced on the loose ball to score.

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Honiton recovered and Thompson knocked over three just before the break to make the score 20-6 at the break.

Again Honiton started brightly but found themselves on the back foot when Tiverton gained field possession and again it was the robust right winger that did the damage crossing in the corner.

Honiton rallied again, and again Thompson added another three points, with Honiton trying come back into the game they pressed the home side, and were guilty of poor handling at key times as they butchered a couple of key chances to score.

As it was, on the last play, Honiton missed touch and Tiverton shifted the ball along the back line to finish the scoring.

A disappointing day for the Lacemen as they are capable of much better.

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