'Dream come true' for Honiton boss

PUBLISHED: 11:06 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:09 07 May 2019

Honiton RFC at Twickenham. Ref mhsp 19 19TI 4311. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton RFC at Twickenham. Ref mhsp 19 19TI 4311. Picture: Terry Ife

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The player-coach of Honiton said it was a dream come true to see his side lift the RFU Senior Vase at Twickenham.

Speaking after the game, Nathan Hannay said: “What a game. Credit to Northallerton, they were a hell of a team.

“Kept on battling, found weaknesses in our defence but we trusted our structure, we trusted ourselves and we got through it and we won, what a dream come true.”

After going 10-0 down, Hannay said there were a few nerves creeping in. He said: “I was a bit nervous but all season we have had slow starts, we've gone down, backs against the wall.

“It just shows true character with the squad we've got that we can turn that around and turn that into a positive and back ourselves and see it through.”

The final capped a remarkable season in which they claimed the runners-up spot in the Tribute Cornwall and Devon league and then secured the Devon Intermediate Vase seven days before the Twickenham match. Hannay said: “I am speechless, I'll be honest. It was just unbelievable. Unbelievable journey and a great end to the journey as well.

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