Grafted in the mud
PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010
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Honiton ended their 2007-2008 Devon and Cornwall League losing 24-0 against a tough Newquay side and finish third from bottom.
Honiton ended their 2007-2008 Devon and Cornwall League losing 24-0 against a tough Newquay side and finish third from bottom. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season, during which the Lacemen have struggled with continuity and the high tempo rugby. Playing up the slope in the first half, the home side got off to the worst possible start as Newquay crossed in clubhouse corner for an unconverted try in the third minute. Although Honiton were playing against the elements and the slope, they battled well in the opening period and made Newquay work. Honiton grafted hard but couldn't quite cross the whitewash. With the score a tight 5-0 at half time Honiton fancied their chances of sneaking it against the high fliers, but the visitors had other ideas. They scored in the top corner moments after the restart. The 10-0 score line was not unrecoverable but when Laughin broke his collarbone, things became more difficult. Laughin has worked tirelessly all season and made numerous try saving cover tackles over the course of the last eight months. Let's hope he's up and running for next season. Honiton ploughed on and scored but were adjudged not to have grounded the ball properly. They were awarded a penalty after a Newquay offence in the same phase, which begs one to wonder why a penalty try was not awarded. This proved decisive as Newquay cleared the danger and broke from deep following a scrummage. The score, which covered the length of the field, sealed the game. The Lacemen carried on valiantly but couldn't break down their opponents. Wearing the shirt with pride they entertained the crowd, but conceded another score before the final whistle. The club now face an anxious wait for other results that will determine league fate.