Cave stars as Lacemen serve up 'super show' against visiting Liskeard and Looe

PUBLISHED: 10:33 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 24 October 2018

Action from the Honiton 1st XV home win over Liskeard and Looe. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Action from the Honiton 1st XV home win over Liskeard and Looe. Picture CONTRIBUTED


Honiton returned to winning ways with a 66-14 home win over Liskeard and Looe, writes Terry O'Brien.

Electing to play up the field, Honiton made an assured start and opened the scoring with a fifth minute Jake Smith try.

The visitors settled a bit and made some inroads and the home cause was hit by loss of the influential Robert Price to the bin for a high tackle.

Following some patient build-up, Alex Brooks released centre James Coutts Tucker and he crossed. Ollie Cave converted and slotted a penalty to leave Honiton 15-0 to the good after 20 minutes.

Honiton were perhaps guilty of not seeing the wide man free on a couple of occasions before Cave tucked away another penalty.

A converted try – albeit against the run of play – got the Cornish side on the score board.

The score led to the team receiving a stiff talking to from skipper Will Goulden, and his words seemed to hit the required spot.

Nathan Hannay crashed over under the posts and shortly afterwards a great movement up field saw prop Ben Logan in space and he, with a two on one, delivered a great final pass for Harry Wright to canter in for a great team try and the half-time whistle was blown with Honiton 42-7 up.

Early in the second half a classic forwards try saw Wright cross the whitewash and Cave slotted another conversion.

The next score came when a wayward pass by the Cornish side found the hands of Steve Trenchard, who showed a clean set of heels to race to the line.

Smith struck next, scoring his second try, before Cave added a try to his points tally and that was followed by a second Trenchard try.

The visitors had the final word with a late second converted try, but Honiton were deserving – and emphatic – winners, ending a run of back-to-back defeats.

Honiton impressed across the 80 minutes before a large crowd, one boosted by the presence of a pre-match ladies’ luncheon at which diners were treated to a presentation from the Sidmouth Gin company that seemed to go down rather well!

Ollie Cave was named the Honiton Man of the Match.

On Saturday (October 27), Honiton are back in Cornwall for a game at table-topping Penryn.

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