Depleted Honiton make a good fist of it against league higher opposition

PUBLISHED: 09:07 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:07 20 November 2013

The Lacemen travelled with a club side to Torbaydos, looking to pick up where they left off last year with a victory against the same outfit, writes Jeremy Rice.

Unfortunately, with 10 changes and this fixture not really seen as a priority, a win was seriously not really on the cards

Honiton got off to the worst possible start conceding a penalty and being 3-0 down within the first play of the game.

This theme continued as the Western Counties outfit proved dominant in the contact area and thus scoring three converted tries within the first quarter of the match.

To their credit, the young visitors came back with a well worked try of their own, Bailey and Rice made hard yards before Lane broke the final line of defence to score to the left of the posts. Torquay hit back with a further try to put an end to the contest before half time at 31-5.

The second half was much more promising for Honiton starting with a great individual effort from Ollie Rice, scoring from his own half which was converted by Thompson. With both set pieces struggling throughout the second 40mins the visitors did well to contain the score line to 55-12 at the final whistle.

There were positives to be taken from the commitment through to the end and some better attacking play that would threaten all Devon and Cornwall sides. When players were asked it would appear that everyone enjoyed it and running the ball more often seemed to work well and it was just that the opposition had clear intend and of course league above pedigree.

Honiton are back in league action this week hosting Falmouth at Allhallows (2.30pm).

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