Honiton beaten at Bude
PUBLISHED: 17:19 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:19 23 February 2015
As predicted Honiton latest league trip down in to deepest darkest Cornwall proved to be a difficult one as they went down 29-5 to Bude, writes Roger Dance.
Honiton won the reverse fixture at home, but with a sponsors lunch and a large partisan crowd, Bude were a different side in they own back yard!
By their own admission, they Lacemen do not travel well and a weakened Honiton bumped into a home side at full strength.
To underline the Honiton selection woes, were it not for the help of young prop Ben Logan, they would not have been able to field a front row which would have meant points deduction!
Whilst dry there was a very cold stiff wind blowing straight down the field and Honiton had first use of this gale element. Their tactics were right and any hoof of the ball ended up well down field. Unfortunately, from one such kick early on, the ensuing 22 drop out was just not marked properly and a quick tap saw Bude sweep up field and from the next scrum Bude ominously marched the Lacemen over the line from the set piece for an early score.
The scrum throughout the game was clearly the home sides key weapon.
Despite the wind advantage Bude defended well and they consistently made inroads as they worked up the field and their endeavours saw them cross Honiton’s line twice more to turn round a comfortable 15-0 up. But with it now being their turn with the use of the gale, things looked very ominous for the Honiton camp.
Knowing there was little point in kicking for position Honiton agreed that their tactic could only be to keep possession and work their way up the field as Bude did in the first half.
This change of game plan say Honiton step up to the plate and they looked a different side in the second half. Bude didn’t help their cause with three spate sin binnings for various offences and clearly they were rattled. On one of these foray into the oppositions twenty two Robert Price saw a gap in the maul and came out the other side surprise to have open space in front of him, he won the foot race to the line to notch up Honiton first score of the game.
Honiton were undone at a set piece play again and Bude scored down the blind side. Honiton could consider them selves unlucky for the next score as whilst attacking, a handling error was snapped up by the home sides winger who had the pace to run in from long range to complete the scoring.
Clearly Bude were the better side given their scrum superiority but had Honiton had a better first half this could have a been closer encounter. There was huge praise for the debutant Ben Logan playing his first senior game. Based on this performance he clearly has a bright future as an up and coming prop.
Reece Mcgrath was another to shine, his shift being one of genuine spirit.
Despite the efforts in the second half it has to be acknowledged this was clearly not a good enough performance and this disappointing result now sees the Lacemen definitely having to look over their shoulders as they get sucked into the relegation mire and with high flyers Crediton the visitors next, nothing more than 100 per cent from the team is going to reap any reward with that fixture.
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