Honiton Colts edged out at Newton Abbot
PUBLISHED: 18:07 14 April 2015
A 26-27 defeat away to Newton Abbot means Honiton Colts are not yet in the final of the Devon Colts Cup, writes Paz Parratt.
But a win at Kingsbridge this Saturday should be enough to ensure Honiton finish ahead of Okehampton for second place.
Starting well, the Lacemen looked confident and in control.
With Honiton winning the first line-out against Newton Abbot, along with the first scrum against the put-in, confidence was oozing.
Johnny House planted the first points on the board as he ploughed through to cross under the sticks.
Ross Oaten made short work of the kick to leave the visitors 7-0 up in the first five minutes.
Connor Long soon contributed to the points tally as a maul found its way across the line.
Oaten added the extras to take the lead to 14-0.
Honiton, now growing in confidence, choose to pick and go from the back of a five-metre scrum. Harry Wright dotted down, once the Newton Abbot’s defence were brushed aside, taking the score 21-0.
Honiton could easily have fallen in to the trap of thinking they had won the game.
Newton Abbot got on the board with a penalty then turned on the pressure and played in Honiton’s 22 for the next five minutes.
To cap off the half the All Whites broke through to cross in the last minute of the session. The kick also found its target and the half was called 21-10.
Newton Abbot must have had a clear message at half-time and they came out from the starting blocks for the second half a different team.
Honiton dug in and defended their line well as Newton Abbot launched attack after attack.
It was disappointing but Honiton picked up a few injuries and once the restructured team found their feet the game settled back down.
Newton Abbot took full advantage of the injury count and were able to cross shortly after following some weak defence.
With the score now 21-15 Newton Abbot heads were lifted and another disappointing try was scored soon after. The conversion put the home side 22-21 up and ahead for the first time in the game.
Honiton’s sense of urgency was now clear, and as they slowed down their game they regained control.
They worked their way up the park to within striking distance, then Ben Willis was rewarded with his debut try as he stormed the line to secure Honiton’s bonus point.
With the score now 26-22 both teams knew they could win.
The home side worked the fringes well and as gaps were created they crossed for the final time taking the game 27-26.
A last-ditch attempt to claw back the win from Oaten with a long-distance penalty kick after the referee declared final play, was disappointingly crushed when it fell inches short.