Diving off the deep end

PUBLISHED: 13:20 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:33 15 June 2010

Honiton slipped to fifth in Devon One this weekend as they lost 30-10 at Teignmouth.

Honiton slipped to fifth in Devon One this weekend as they lost 30-10 at Teignmouth. The Lacemen enjoyed the majority of the possession but poor decision making and hesitation at key times cost them dearly. Playing with the wind in the first half Honiton started well, with both Rice and Sampson tapping quickly from early penalties. Honiton soon found themselves into the home side's 22 and things were progressing nicely. However, Teignmouth soon turned the ball over and cleared to the half way. Honiton continued to press, but their lack of rhythm allowed the home side's defence to realign quickly. The away side were caught short with their support and the ball was again turned over on the home side's 10 yard line. They immediately supplied their 10 with the ball and he broke through several tackles to score from 60 yards under the posts. Honiton were seven points down in less than 10 minutes, but they stuck to their task. Again they pressed, but their attacks looked lethargic and before long they were turned over in midfield. This time the ball moved to the right before the winger dotted down. Honiton were facing an uphill climb against the league leaders, but took the game to the hosts. This time finding yards down the right. A scrum in the middle provided the platform for Spence to break through the gain line. He found Dobson who made a further 10 yards before being caught, but he offloaded from the floor to Jones who was in support. It was fluent stuff, and easy on the eye for the visiting support, but again, frustratingly Honiton were turned over on the five yard line. The ball was cleared, but Honiton attacked again. With a ruck on the right hand side Kenny elected to box kick into space, where the full back crucially allowed the ball to bounce. Huggett chased the ball down, gathered and beat two men to slam the ball down for Honiton's first score. The conversion was missed but, hope was instilled in both the travelling support and the players. Half time arrived with no further score, and Honiton felt they could achieve their first away win of the league. Honiton started brightly, driving up through the middle, with the forwards picking and driving well, at a good pace. Soon after De Large made a telling break, fed Kenny and Nex, the ball moved to the left, with Wilson making yards. With five to go the almost inevitable happened. The fishermen turned the ball over again and spun it to their wide right. The covering defence couldn't deal with the winger and he crossed in the corner. It was devastating for Honiton having worked so hard, to give away the try so easily. It was really a turning point, instead of 14-10 it was 19-5 and Honiton were diving off the deep end. They fronted up again and obtained a scrum in the Teignmouth 22. Rice picked and went blind, Kenny received the pass and went for the line. He made it after not being held in the tackle and Honiton had a foothold back in the game. They let it go shortly afterwards, as Teignmouth enjoyed their best period of the game. They drove infield and then to the far right and, following a couple of quick pick and drives, they spun the ball to the left winger who rounded the defence to score in the corner. The home side closed the game out with a couple of late penalties to secure the win on their vice president's day. Honiton will look to rebuild as they face South Molton next week.


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