Complacency, apathy and lack of discipline

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

Honiton threw away a three point lead at Wessex and duly lost 23-19 at the Flowerpot Field.

Honiton threw away a three point lead at Wessex and duly lost 23-19 at the Flowerpot Field. In a game the Lacemen should have won, they lost control during the second half and could not find a way back in, writes Nick Guilbert..Honiton started badly. After receiving the kick off, they soon conceded two quick penalties for needless infringements. Both of these were converted, one from the 10 yard line, to provide the home side with a six point lead after less than 10 minutes. Honiton soon gathered some possession and worked their way into the Wessex 22. A Honiton scrummage provided Bralsford with space in the centre and he made five yards, but the lack of support meant the ball was turned over. This was criminal given that it was first-phase play. As Wessex attempted to clear, the kick was charged down by Wilson, and he was first to react and touched the ball down for a converted score that took the Lacemen into the lead. It was game on when Honiton gave the lead away on several occasions and, after Wilson's try they did just that, conceding a penalty for offside to allow the home side to take the lead again. Fortunately moments later Garmen provided the visitors with their next chance after the re-start. He intercepted a wide ball and made 30 yards down the left before feeding Sampson. Sampson out-sprinted the defence to cross in the corner. Guilbert missed the conversion but the combined efforts of Garmen and Sampson had reinstated the Lacemen's lead.Honiton attempted to kick on from there but the lineout struggled with the swirling wind, and the home side's 10 used the gale to good effect to keep the Lacemen pinned back. Wessex acquired possession on their left and moved the ball to the right winger. He evaded a couple of weak tackles and dotted down for another converted score. Honiton were trailing by four points at half time and they knew that more effort was needed. In fairness it should be noted that Honiton played reasonably well in the first 15 of the second half and found their way into the opposition's 22. Flanker Jones evaded a tackle on the gain line and made five yards with a great dart. He was supported by Nex who gathered and crossed under the posts for a converted score. With the Lacemen now three points ahead they looked to assert their authority on the game. Again they found themselves in the home side's 22, with the scrummage in Honiton's favour they looked to capitalise, but were unfortunate to be penalised for an incorrect binding. However, this was compounded as Honiton gave away another 10 for backchat. Wessex cleared and another scrummage developed into a melee as tempers flared and Honiton were pulled into a toe-to-toe battle they didn't need to be in. Moments later as Honiton gathered possession, Guilbert fell with an ankle injury and was substituted. At the ensuing scrummage the Wessex flanker intercepted a pass from the base of the scrum and chipped ahead for the scrum half to score. The converted try left Honiton needing a try and, with the lineout continuing to malfunction, Honiton struggled to get back up field. The home side's 10 put in several good kicks to keep Honiton back, and the visitors had to attack from deep. Eventually Honiton clambered upfield and put some decent phases together. With time running out, Bralsford broke across field but, as the ball found its way to Garmen, he was bundled into touch five yards short and the final whistle blew. Honiton will have a lot to learn from this. Complacency, apathy and a lack of discipline were all apparent in this defeat. It's about time we stopped talking about it and did it.

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