Garland impresses in Honiton 2nds’ narrow defeat at Torquay
PUBLISHED: 15:58 20 February 2018
Honiton 2nds were boosted by the presence of a number of Withycombe 2nd XV players who helped the Lacemen make up numbers to take on a Torquay 2nd XV, writes James Foote.
The night before the trip to Torquay a lack of numbers had looked like forcing the Lacemen to pull out of the match, but neighbouring Withy came to the rescue.
Torquay currently top of the table and this meant the task was always going to be a tough one for the Lacemen.
However, they contributed plenty to an entertaining, if low scoring encounter.
The Honiton defence was both organised and disciplined and the home side were kept at arm’s length for the first quarter of the contest.
The deadlock was broken just after the 20 minute mark by the home side, who almost immediately scored a second try.
The Lacemen hit back in the 30th minute and were rewarded for their endeavour with a well-deserved try, scored by Phil Bennett, and the conversion was fired over by Sam Heathcote.
Boosted by the score, Honiton continued to play on the front foot and, when an under pressure home defence conceded a penalty, Heathcote slotted the kick to level things up at 10-all.
There was still time in the half for the home side to punish a Honiton error – the Lacemen were caught napping – and they crossed for a third try, again unconverted, but it meant Torquay trooping off at the break with a 15-10 lead.
In the second half, both sides played some good competitive rugby and subsequently cancelled each other out to such a degree that there were no further scores at either end with the final whistle being blown to see Torquay narrow victors at 15-10.
Post match it was agreed that both sides could feel very pleased with the standard of rugby they had served up.
Special mention must be made of the contributions made by the Withycombe contingent, while Sam Heathcote and Phil Bennett both had good games, but the Withy Man of the Match was Robert Garland for his very good all-round individual performance.
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