Honiton 2nds land impressive success over Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 23:04 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 23:05 24 September 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9443. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9443. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton 2nds emerged as 27-10 winners when they took on Exmouth III.

With both teams starting the day joint top and unbeaten, this was always going to be a testing encounter for the Lacemen, albeit that they were the home side.

In recent times,‘The Ton’ have been on the end of some heavy defeats at the hands of Exmouth, but this campaign has seen Ben Welch and his men make a bright start.

From the first whistle, Honiton pressed the Exmouth defence, and, from a great clearing kick from Ollie Hyland, Jack Procter won the ensuing line-out and the ball was spun out to Arthur Banks, who crossed for the first points of the day. A second score followed soon after when, following some great work from the pack, they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts that was converted by Jake Smith.

Exmouth struck next, powering over from five metres and they scored a second try, but the Lacemen finished the half well and, Welch, Smith and Hyland linked up well to release Banks for his second try of the game and Honiton trooped off at the break with a narrow 15-10 lead.

If the visitors had ‘edged’ the first half in all but score, after the break it was Honiton who dominated with a display of pride, grit and pure determination.

The introduction of Robin Bennet at centre was a master stroke as he broke the line to score the first try of the half. Smith, who had played a big part in the try, slotted the conversion.

Exmouth looked to respond, but the home defence was in no mood to conceded and the phase play from the Ton pack was on point and the next score came from just that, spun out from the back of the ruck to Smith, who crashed through two tackles and dotted down for the last score of the game!

This result shows the ‘One Club’ attitude is paying dividends as the twos also remain unbeaten this season.

So many players played well, Churchward, Elliott, Hyland and Banks to name but a few. However the undoubted Man of the Match was the impressive Jake Smith.

Also worth a note, another father and son combined played seniors together for the first time in Kerri and Owen Roe – great to see!

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