Elliott stars as Honiton 2nd XV well beaten by strong Exmouth team

PUBLISHED: 07:34 09 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:34 11 December 2015

Honiton 2nds played Exmouth Nomads at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Ref mhsp 8448-50-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Honiton 2nds played Exmouth Nomads at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Ref mhsp 8448-50-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Honiton 2ndD XV made the short trip to Exmouth where they went down 45-5 to a strong home outfit, writes, Phil Oaten.

The Lacemen were hit pre-match by a string of unavailability’s and only had 16 players on show, not ideal against a strong and large Exmouth out fit!

Honiton kicked off into the face of a full blown gale, but the home side quickly got into their stride taking full advantage of the conditions and, every time they kicked the ball it meant Honiton were pinned back deep in their own half.

The Lacemen dug deep and looked good at the rucks with young Ben Willis carrying the ball back well, but the Exmouth pressure was relentless and they eventually broke the deadlock with a well-worked try and then kept up the tempo using their centres to good effect and dotted down for a couple more tries.

Honiton’s set play stood up well, and skipper Foot often stole the ball against the head. Honiton’s back row worked hard as did nine Philip Cook, but Exmouth were strong and with the wind advantage, went into half-time with a 27-0 lead.

The Lacemen were further hampered with loss of Joe keep to a head injury meaning the introduction of the one sub on duty, Carl Burrow.

After the break, even with the benefit of the elements Honiton struggled against a slick and powerful home side.

Centres Ben Welch and Rhys McGrath made their tackles and David Wellington impressed every time he got the ball on the wing.

Ross Oaten’s boot often relieved the pressure with wind assisted kicks and, from a well-worked passage of play by the forwards, Cook scrambled a pass to Oaten who crossed for Honiton’s only score of the day. The home side added a number of further tries to end convincing winners.

Despite the disappointing score line, the performance was good and the team spirit was certainly exceptional. The industry of Austin Elliot saw him named the Honiton Man of the Match.

On Saturday there’s a double-header of action for the 2nds as they, like the senior XV, entertain Tavistock at Allhallows.


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