Great effort under pressure

PUBLISHED: 10:18 26 September 2012

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Cullompton 45, Honiton 2nd XV 5

Honiton seconds travelled to their close rivals Cullompton to take on their 3rd XV in this Merit Table Clash.

Unfortunately news came through in the morning that Oldfield Old Boys, who were due to travel to Cullompton to face their first team, were unable to raise a side. This was very frustrating for Cullompton, especially as it was their Vice Presidents’ lunch.

Honiton travelled apprehensively and with several of Cully’s players established in a league above the Honiton first team, the result was never in doubt, a 45-5 victory to the home team, which was a shame as on paper it was going to be a close battle.

The first half was one to forget for the Lacemen. A collection of missed tackles did not help but Cullompton ran in seven tries with five conversions to leave the score at 45-0 at half time to leave a large partisan crowd pleased.

You could be forgiven for thinking that heads had dropped within the Honiton camp, but at half time there was discussion around the enjoyment of giving all and the importance of continuing to do this. Knowing that the result was now sealed, Honiton set about the second half with no pressure, Churchward scored a try and Honiton prevented Cully from scoring again.

there were several impressive debuts from the youngsters and everyone did the club proud in frustrating circumstances.

Honiton travel to a tough Bideford side next week.

and actually began to cause some damage. In defence tackles were now being made, and Honiton started to look dangerous in attack. With the majority of the half spend in the Cullopmton half, Honiton knocked on the door several times only to be refused by a solid Cullompton defence. However after some ill discipline by the Cully pack, Richard Hodges made some good yards from a quick penalty and after some good ball retention the ball found its way to Churchward who crossed over, with the conversion being missed by Sampson. Honiton then lost Hodge to the sin bin and James Foot with an eye injury, but some last ditch defending saw them close out the game with no further scores for the home side, leaving the score at 45-5 .

There were mixed emotions at full time, as although a big loss to your local rivals is never pleasing, there was still many positives to be taken, especially the second half performance. If the Lacemen play that way going forward, they will have no problems whatsoever in this tough league. It must also be mentioned that on Thursday night we had 12 players,

Things don’t get any easier when Honiton travel to Bideford next week, who are without doubt one of the strongest second teams in the area.

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