Honiton 2nd XV stage terrific comeback at Topsham

PUBLISHED: 08:49 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:49 30 September 2015

Honiton at home to Exmouth. Ref mhsp 2448-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton at home to Exmouth. Ref mhsp 2448-34-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton 2nd XV staged a terrific second half comeback to share the spoils in a 31-all draw when they travelled to Topsham for their first away outing of the news season, writes Phil Oaten.

Both teams began with a good tempo about their play and, from the opening exchanges, it quickly became clear that a good competitive game would be on show!

The Lacemen scored first when a long up field kick from Ross Oaten put them onto the front foot.

After some poor handling by the hosts the Lacemen won the battle at the scrum and the ball was spun out wide for Jake Smith to dot down in the corner for an unconverted try.

The Tops responded and took advantage of some poor Lacemen defence to cross under the posts and also land the easiest of conversions.

From the restart the ball was run through the home ranks for a second Honiton try, this once scored by Ben Kidson and Oaten slotted the extras to give the visitors a 12-7 lead.

Again the home reply was good and a brace of tries, both converted, gave the Tops a 21-12 interval lead.

The second half started with the home side in the ascendancy and another converted try extended their advantage 28-12. When they added a penalty to make it 31-12 it looked a long way back for the Lacemen!

Changes were made in both the backs and forwards and, with time running down the Lacemen broke through the home defence and debutant Paul Morgan scored the try with Oaten again slotting the conversion.

With their tails up the Lacemen were quickly back onto the front foot and Morgan crossed for his second try, Oaten converted, and suddenly there were just seven points between the teams!

With the match official set to blow one more attack was launched and Ben Dobson crossed to make it 31-28.

Oaten kept his nerve and slotted the conversion to make sure the Lacemen took a deserved share of the spoils in a splendid game!

The Honiton Man of the Match award went to Barry Hawkins for his solid contribution throughout.

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