Almost caught out by Falmouth
PUBLISHED: 13:50 05 October 2011
Honiton rumbled their way to a 26-15 victory over Falmouth at Allhallows. Much like their last home win against Veor a fortnight ago, it was a stop-start affair for Honiton as, again, they played well in patches, writes Nick Guilbert.
It was a blisteringly hot day for rugby with staying hydrated a task in itself. The Lacemen were desperate to get back to winning after last week’s disappointing result at Crediton.
Playing up the slope the Lacemen struggled to get decent momentum, and a penalty gave Falmouth good field position in the Honiton 22. They used their well drilled pack to maul the ball over the line.
Honiton were spurred into responding but they kicked badly out of hand on too many occasions and Falmouth pinned them back. Channing fared better from the deck than from hand, and kicked two penalties later in the half.
Honiton looked dangerous outwide, with plenty of gas on display in the form of Barratt, Couttes, Rice and Webber. Barratt went close after breaking through 13 channels from a set piece. He did well to make over 30 yards. As he stretched out to score, the defence finally nabbed him.
Falmouth scored another penalty before the break, so from my memory it was 8-6 at the break.
The second half started well for the Lacemen as they forced a penalty immediately from the kick off. Channing did well to convert and Honiton began to turn the screw. The Cornish struggled with the slope and Webber, Couttes and Rice began to kick sensibly and run the ball back with purpose.
A loose Falmouth kick put Rice in space down the left deep in his own half. Having met traffic on the half way line, Guilbert, Webber and Hyland eventually fed Barratt who cantered through the defence to score under the posts. Channing converted and Honiton looked good for the win.
But Honiton cruised and Falmouth were back in it when they scored and converted a try.
Channing pumped the ball deep when Honiton acquired ball in their own half. Excellent chasing from Man of the Match Hyland pressurised Falmouth into kicking out to the 22. Honiton worked from there and when they pressurised the left hand channel, Barratt reacted first to the loose ball and sealed the game. Channing converted from the touchline with the assistance of the post.
●Next week, Honiton travel to table-toppers Hayle in what should be a monumental battle.
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