Honiton 2nds chalk up famous Plymouth success

PUBLISHED: 13:11 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:11 16 February 2016

Honiton 2nd XV action versus Withycombe

Honiton 2nd XV action versus Withycombe

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The history books dictate that Honiton seconds have not left the city of Plymouth with a victory in the bag since 1996.

Twenty years on and the current crop of Lacemen earned themselves a superb 21-19 victory at the home of Plymstock Albion Oaks.

Having been outplayed in the corresponding fixture at home, the seconds were met with a large bulky side who looked well-drilled!

Kicking off on a pitch more suitable for Olympic swimming, the physicality was there from the off and after some early big hits for the home team, the Laceman could have been easily intimated. However, with one to 15 stepping up to the challenge, Honiton were making good yards out wide and it was debutant Kenny Luke who broke a few tackles and crossed over for the first try, converted by Ross Oaten.

With the forwards having a real battle up front, the backs were making yards every time they had the ball in hand.

On one such attack, the impressive Steve Trenchard showed a lethal combination of strength and pace to cross over in the corner for the Laceman’s second try. Again this was well converted by the consistent Oaten to increase the lead to 14-0.

The home side were always in it and some strong running by their big backs saw them cross in for an uncovered try. Just before half time, Honiton pilled on the pressure in the pack on the oppositions 22 and an intelligent bit of scrum half play from Rory Jones saw him dive over for a try, leaving the half-time score 21-5 to Honiton.

Playing up a heavy slope, and with conditions worsening, Honiton spent much of the second half defending their own line.

Although holding their own, the home side crossed over twice leaving the score a pulsating 21-19 with 15 minutes left to play.

With the captain Footie having to go off injured, the troops battled on and in a tense final 15 minutes the Lacemen’s defence held tight to secure a famous victory that will live long in the memories of those who pulled on the hooped shirt.

If there was ever a case of ‘the forwards will decide if you win or not, and the backs will decide by how many’ then this was it.

Credit must go to all members of the squad who put their bodies on the line to secure the victory and an enjoyable bus trip home.


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