Defence hold out against Lacemen

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

Honiton lost out in torrential rain at Allhallows on Saturday afternoon. The Lacemen, who were entertaining their Vice Presidents on the day, struggled against their Cornish opposition, losing 24-5.

Honiton lost out in torrential rain at Allhallows on Saturday afternoon. The Lacemen, who were entertaining their Vice Presidents on the day, struggled against their Cornish opposition, losing 24-5. Playing against the slope in the first half, Honiton started brightly and worked their way up the hill using their forwards. Salter, playing his first game at fly half for the first team, was nudging the ball up the angle well as his side kept the majority of the possession. It was as the home side attacked their opponents' twenty-two that they began to struggle. Honiton couldn't break through Truro's defence and the conditions didn't allow any free flowing rugby. Eventually Truro turned the ball over and immediately escaped. They kicked over across field and a lucky bounce to the outside centre opened the space and he raced down the field to score 10 yards left of the posts for a converted try. It was unfortunate for the Lacemen and they were to be dealt some rotten luck again shortly afterwards as they immediately pressed back up the hill. They were turned over again and dealt a similar punishment as the winger crossed in the corner for an unconverted effort as an overlap emerged on the short side. The game levelled out as mistakes were made on both sides in the conditions. Before half time Truro extended their lead to 19 points as a grubber kick held up in the mud for the inside centre to score, with the fly half converting.Honiton played down the hill with pride in the second half and Truro rarely ever escaped from their own half. Honiton battered the away side's line and Locke eventually broke through to score left of the posts. The conversion went wayward in the wind, but the home side carried on. It was whilst Honiton searched for another try that Truro scored their last. Honiton were deep into clubhouse corner when a try-making pass was intercepted on the five yard line. The substitute, on at half time, sprinted the length to score, but to Honiton's credit he was made to sprint the whole way. It turned out to be a disappointing result for the Lacemen and painted a pretty accurate picture of the season, as the home side had the most possession but couldn't break the opposition defence regularly enough.

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