Honiton 2nds put up brave show against Exmouth II

PUBLISHED: 11:08 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:08 15 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

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Honiton seconds kicked off their season with a home game against a strong Exmouth third team, writes Tom Churchward.

Exmouth have been Honiton’s boogie team over the years and this trend continued as Honiton lost 39-24.

The Laceman spent most of the pre-match reacquainting themselves with each other and working out set pieces. This lead to a sluggish start, although playing up the slope, Honiton struck the first blow with a three-pointer for Jake Smith giving them the lead. For the remainder of the half, it was a rather one sided affair, with the Laceman seemingly forgetting that to stop a man you had to tackle him!

To be fair to Honiton, there was a clear difference in size and experience between Honiton’s young and slender back line and the generic big, bald and boisterous looking Exmouth back line. Exmouth raced into the lead and the half-time score was a rather one sided 29-3.

Playing down the slope in the second half, the Laceman regrouped and an early interception try well finished off by Ben Kidson saw a sense of belief in this young side.

Honiton started to control the game and some quick tapped penalties saw them work their way down the slope, and some clever work by the veteran Jon Galling saw debutant Barry Hawkins barge over for his first try for the club.

Smith had clearly bought his kicking boots with a superb touchline conversion making the score 29-17.

At this stage, some repeating Exmouth offenders rather embarrassingly began to lose their discipline, displaying some actions that don’t belong on a rugby field.

This only seemed to spur on the home side and as a melee was occurring off the ball, the ref played on and Jake Smith crossed over for a seven pointer which he converted. With the score at 29-24 with about 10 minutes left, Honiton sensed a famous victory was on the cards. However, it was the experience of Exmouth that shone through as they used their rolling maul to great effect to leave the final score 39-24.

This was certainly a game of two halves, the first being one to forget and the second being one to remember.

Big hands must go to debutants Paul Blackmore and Barry Hawkins who stepped up in the front row to good effect.

There will lessons learnt against one of the strongest teams in the league and Honiton will look to secure their first victory when they entertain Crediton thirds at Allhallows on Saturday.


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