Honiton petanque team end their losing run with ISCA success

PUBLISHED: 18:19 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:19 09 July 2018

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Honiton finally brought an end to their losing run with a fine 3-2 win over ISCA at Mountbatten Park last week, writes Chris Bigmore.

Four away matches on the trot saw two defeats in North Devon from winning positions, quickly followed by two more reverses at Chudleigh and Plymouth, both by heavy 5-0 score lines.

Chudleigh had their strongest team out as they take over at the top of the league, but even so Honiton could just as easily have won 3-2, as three of the games went to the final end.

It was a similar story at Plymouth, the team playing well, without as much as a losing bonus point to show for it. The latest results leave Honiton battling to avoid the wooden spoon with only Torridge between them and bottom position!

The early season form that saw them occupy second place, and hopes of a highest ever place finish, are now a distant memory.

Against ISCA, Honiton were 2-0 up after the first round of triples. Tony Prior partnered by Den and Carol Williams won 13-9 before a 13-2 success for Ron Hutchinson, Jenny Lavender and Chris Bigmore. The match was wrapped up early in the second round of doubles as Prior and Bigmore secured an emphatic 13-2 win. However, the possibility of earning a winning bonus point was dashed as Lavender and Cecily Young went down 13-5 and that was followed by a 13-7 defeat for the Williams pair.

Honiton’s final match of the 2018 season couldn’t be tougher, with an away match at Ottery St Mary at the end of the month. They will be looking for some points fore mostly, but also to gain some revenge for their defeat at home against their local rivals.

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