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PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:48 15 June 2010
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Honiton thrashed a poor Topsham side 41-8 on Saturday afternoon and claimed their first away win of the campaign in the process.
Honiton thrashed a poor Topsham side 41-8 on Saturday afternoon and claimed their first away win of the campaign in the process. Quality support play provided the platform as Honiton ran in seven tries in an enjoyable game. Cheered on by the large contingent of travelling supporters, Honiton began the game well. With the wind against them, Honiton opted to run the ball and did so with some success, both Sampson and De Large making significant yards before being tackled. With less than 10 minutes on the clock, Garmen, on the wing, collected the ball and beat two defenders. Terry was in support and crashed over 15 yards right of the posts for an unconverted kick. Honiton were in the ascendancy, but struggled to break down the home side who were resilient during the opening quarter. Honiton attempted to kick their way up field but Irish and Knowles soon put the blue and black hoops down into Honiton territory with long searching kicks. This pressure was turned into points as Honiton infringed in their own 22 and Topsham helped themselves to three points.Honiton were in charge of the game. Terry continually turned over possession and the away side's scrum and lineout was functioning well. With quality first phase ball on offer, Honiton were finding spaces out wide. Play hit the half way line and Terry broke through with Locke in support. They navigated their way past the full back with the assistance of the industrious Kenny who raced on to score under the posts.The Lacemen were dealt a blow when captain Rice was hauled off with a dislocated shoulder. Galling came on and, with the game entering the last ten minutes of the first half, Bralsford found space from the centre to score in the left hand corner to take the half time score to 15-3.Honiton started the second half as they had the first, in a dominant fashion. With Topsham now kicking into the wind, Spence gathered on the half way. He headed from right to left, offloading and receiving the ball back before putting Webber in space. Webber jinked his way forward and made another 20 yards. Quick rucking opened the space on the right and Bralsford put De Large in at the corner. Kenny converted well from out wide, and the match, as a contest, was over. Soon after, Spence hit the gain line at pace and bundled his way over under the posts for another converted score. Spence again was called into action for the next try as a set move saw him break the advantage line again, but this time he fed Webber, who rounded the defence to score near the posts. Kenny again converting.The game became scrappy and Topsham began to find a few gaps as Honiton's kicking game became ragged. Topsham found themselves in Honiton territory and sloppy defending allowed the home side's seven in at the corner. Guilbert came on for Bralsford and Thomas came on for Valendar as the game entered its final few minutes. Honiton retained control of the game and broke down field. They were soon awarded a scrum five yards from the Topsham line and Findlay picked up and from eight scored through the legs of his second row team mates. It was a resounding win and one that means that Honiton will stay in fourth position over the Christmas period.l Honiton will be having a club game on Boxing Day. Bring your boots at 10.45-11am ish and run off the turkey. It's a great opportunity to try the game if you never have before.DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: HONITON maintained the form they showed against Perranporth in cup action last week in league action against Topsham. Picture: Terry Ife. P5395-51-08TI.