PUBLISHED: 11:31 16 November 2011
Honiton RFC 58, Pirates Amateurs 10
Honiton edged closer to league leaders Hayle with a 58-10 demolition of Pirates Amateurs on Saturday afternoon. A scintillating first half performance down the slope saw the Lacemen 48-0 up at half time, writes Nick Guilbert.
Much of the scoring was down to the amount of quality quick ball on offer. Even in the sticky conditions Honiton were determined to play their style of game and, in doing so, ruthlessly exposed the Cornish sides defensive weaknesses.
From the kick off Honiton established control. Dobson scored down the left hand side to put the Lacemen on the board.
Channing hit a penalty, Dobson picked up his second of four down the left. Honiton were not only fluent in attack put patient and clinical in defence as they allowed the Cornish very little forward momentum. Hannay wrong-footed the final defender to score 15 yards right of the posts for a score that Canniford converted.
Dobson completed his hat-trick and grabbed his fourth before half time. Coutts crossed in clubhouse corner unopposed. Channing barged his way through from five yards to allow Canniford to hit his fourth conversion.
At half time Honiton stated that they wanted to maintain their offensive barrage in the second period. However it just wasn’t possible in the conditions.
The Pirates came back and showed a great deal of spirit. They scored a try, whilst a bit of poor positional play allowed a kick behind the defence to be converted. But tries from Barratt and Selway sealed the deal.
Honiton are now just one point behind Hayle, but face a difficult trip to Plymouth next week to face the Barbarians.
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