Honiton 2nds' try hat-trick for young Sam Heathcote [sp?]

PUBLISHED: 08:56 26 April 2018

Honiton rugby action

Honiton rugby action

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Honiton 2nds' torrid season continued and, struggling for numbers for a daunting trip to an always strong Exmouth side, they ended up on the wrong end of a 62-29 score line.

In the true spirit of rugby, Exmouth provided players to make sure the contest was an even one in terms of numbers.

Honiton started brightly, but Exmouth broke out of defence and having shipped it out wide were first to score.

Honiton hit back straight away with a similar try out wide, with Joe Keep the scorer.

On what was a stiflingly hot afternoon for rugby, the match official allowed for water breaks after each 15 minute segment of play.

As the game wore on the clear difference in class shone through and the Lacemen began to ‘leak’ tries.

Despite this, Honiton plugged away and were rewarded with a score just before the break with George Palmer York crossing the whitewash before a successful conversion from Sam Heathcote.

At the halfway stage the score was 41-17 and as a contest the game was over, but Honiton plugged away throughout the second half and finished it brightly with young Sam Heathcote running in three very similar tries.

Each of his try-scoring runs to the line began in his own half!

Honiton deserve credit for travelling as they did to face the recently crowned league champions.

Captain Ian Foot can be mighty proud of his players and their collective efforts.

Will Lancaster won high praise post match for his individual contribution, but the Man of the Match for the Lacemen had to be try hat-trick scorer Sam Heathcote.

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