Colts win tricky match

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 15 June 2010

Honiton 2nd XV had a difficult league task as they travelled down to Plymouth to take on the illustrious Devonport Services.

Honiton 2nd XV had a difficult league task as they travelled down to Plymouth to take on the illustrious Devonport Services. With several regulars sidelined or unavailable they had to call on a couple of the Colts to fill the gaps. Having experienced some dreadful driving conditions it was no surprise to be confronted by a waterlogged pitch. The ref was in two minds as to the suitability to play but, having shown up, Honiton agreed to at least start. This turned out to be a good decision and, although Honiton were on the wrong end of a very close game, it was yet another good quality second team match.Honiton got off to a nightmare start when a speculative kick ahead was not cleared and the Services dotted down a converted try. Honiton rallied and started to play some good rugby. With a bit of luck and quicker support they could easily have scored at least a couple of tries. Unfortunately Honiton had a lapse in defence and allowed the Services to add another seven to their tally and they turned round 14-0 but Honiton were far from outplayed.With tails up, Honiton took the game to the opposition and were soon rewarded when young Leo Jefferson, on his debut, made a neat break behind the defence and his off load released the backs. The ball was swiftly transferred through to winger James Laughin who crossed out wide. Honiton could so easily have scored again, given the pressure, but a couple of key moments saw them lose possession and some good clearance kicking by a more than accomplished touch kicker kept Honiton at bay. In the final moments Honiton's endeavours were again rewarded when the hard-working Man of the Match Ian Floyd crossed for the final score. However, it was all too late and the Services hung on for a narrow 14-10 victory.On the plus side for Honiton it was a good all-round team performance in difficult conditions and the efforts of the two colts, Luke Kenny and Leo Jefferson, was impressive and they both more than held their own in their first full games of senior rugby. Old man Burrow defied his age to put in yet another solid performance and finally maybe we've all come to the same conclusion at long last, that Martin Summers is a very good forward and should play there all the time.

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