Honiton 2nds power to half century clean sheet win over Withycombe II
PUBLISHED: 16:48 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:48 05 March 2013
Honiton II 52, Withycombe II 0
In front of a large Allhallows crowd, Honiton seconds put on a good show of rugby to comprehensively see off the visitors, writes Tom Churchward.
The visitors’ arrived short handed and some of the home players helped make up the numbers and credit goes to them for ensuring a full-sided game could proceed.
Honiton, playing up the slope, started brightly and from a lineout they had several phases working up towards the try line. From one maul, John Galling spotted a gap on the blind-side and crossed for a try that was converted by Carnall. Withycombe worked their way back into the game and for the first time in a while the Honiton scrum was having a tough time up front. Withy had several chances to cross over, but some good last ditch tackling denied them.
The Laceman worked their way back up into the oppositions half and, from a quick tap penalty, Louie Lane showed good strength before scoring. In an even first half Honiton crashed over once more, with Lyndon Jones showing he hasn’t lost his pace. The conversion went narrowly wide to give Honiton a 19-0 lead at half time.
Although leading, Honiton weren’t happy with the first half, especially the pack who were losing out in the physical battle, so the clear message was to up the pace of the game. Honiton did this and with the forwards now competing the backs were getting some good clean ball to play with. Mike Salter, who impressed throughout, crashed through the middle to cross over, and this was quickly followed up by tries from Rich Pearce and Dave Wellington, who both showed how wingers should finish!
Carnall was having a good day with the boot and converted all three. With the result now secured, Honiton saw the game out with some fine attacking rugby even when down to 14 after Churchward bagged a 10 minute stint in the sin-bin. Lane and Wellington both added late tries to put a polished seal on proceedings.
A good day all-round for the club and a very pleasing score, especially not conceding, against a good side.
Honiton twos have a busy week, travelling to Teignmouth on Wednesday night before heading to Exmouth on Saturday.
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