Honiton still without a win after late try at Lanner

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9443. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9443. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Honiton suffered a 28-22 when they travelled to Cornwall to face fellow early season strugglers Lanner, writes Jerry Rice.

The game was played at the old ground of St Days, and, whilst Honiton are used to the Allhallows slope, it would be fair to say that the Cornish pitch’s gradient was much worse and difficult to get used to!

Honiton had first use of the slope and really started brightly. They looked all set to open the scoring when a text-book move put Ben Dobson in the clear and he crossed to score, only to get held up by a fine covering tackle!

It was then that mistakes began to creep into Honiton’s game and the home side took full advantage of these infringements. Lanner’s accurate goal kicker slotted three penalties to take them into a 9-0 lead. A fourth successful kick made it 12-0 and the Honiton cause was then further hampered with the loss of Louis Groves to injury.

However, as the half came to an end Honiton found another gear and following a neat passage of play and good control, a forwards drive saw skipper Rob Price crash over close to the sticks.

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Almost immediately, the Lacemen were back on the front foot and, when awarded a penalty five yards out, Ollie Cave reacted quickly and dived over. Cave converted his try and Honiton took a 14-12 lead into the interval.

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The second half began with the home team enjoying the significant slope in their favour. However, the Honiton were up from the late first half endeavours and they scored a third try after a well-worked passage of play out wide with Will Tyers dotting down.

A fourth try should have followed moments later when a two-on-one chance was messed up, but they added a penalty to move into a 22-12 lead.

The home side hit back and, with a clear understanding of their pitch, kept Honiton pinned back and chipped away at the score as Honiton gave away penalties to a goal kicker who slotted everything presented to him!

The Lacemen suffered another injury blow when Harry Wright left the action.

As the clock ticked down the Honiton defence was ferocious as they were locked into ‘hanging on’ mode with no real second row on the field.

At 22-21 up Honiton looked to have won the game, but a last gasp try – the home side’s first of the contest, proved to be the match winner for the hosts and Honiton were sent packing to lick their wounds.

This result keeps the Lacemen winless so far and they are starting to see a mountain before them if they are going to avoid the dreaded drop.

They played well in patches and did score three tries to the oppositions one.

The difference between the teams was clearly the home kicker who slotted seven penalties.

These are hard times for the Lacemen, but with hard work there is time to turn things around. However, it has to be a concerted effort from all involved.

This Saturday (October 150, the Lacemen take a break from league action when they Exeter University in the Devon Cup. It will no doubt be another difficult encounter for the students are at the top of their league which is one level higher than the one the Lacemen play in!

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