Honiton Colts out play Kingsbridge
PUBLISHED: 16:09 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 17 February 2015
Honiton Colts were in terrific form as they inflicted a clean sheet defeat upon visiting Kingsbridge, writes Paz Parratt.
In the previous two meetings the South Devon side had emerged victorious, but they were well beaten long before the final whistle was blown to see the home side to a 34-0 success.
The visitors looked menacing in the early exchanges, but once Honiton found their feet in the game the ball was played close and, as the forwards worked their way up the pitch, Kingsbridge started to look uncomfortable defending.
Dion Warner forced his way over in the corner taking three opposition players with hike to open the scoring. It was soon 8-0 with Ross Oaten slotting a straight forward penalty.
Kingsbridge looked useful when they were throwing the ball around, but time and again the Lacemen mopped up and hit back with confident attacking play. With the forwards working well the visitors line was crossed for the second time as Usahma Elghamady recycled the ball and barged through.
Thirteen-nil to the good, Honiton started to play the ball out and the backs began to make big contributions.
Some excellent support meant the ball flowed through their hands well and as Charlie Wright hit some nice lines he forced his way through to cross under the posts and Oaten tucked over the conversion.
Kingsbridge hit back, but could not breach a solid home defence with some terrific tackles going in to deny the South Devon side a try.
Kyle Blackmore ran in from long distance and as he scattered the Kingsbridge weary defence he also crossed under the posts to leave Oaten the easiest of conversions.
Kingsbridge never gave in and constantly posed a threat, but the harder they tried the harder the Lacemen defended.
After the break Kingsbridge played well and Honiton again found themselves having to defend their line on several more occasions. On one such occasion Kingsbridge looked to score, but the match official declared the ball held up thanks to some superb home defence.
A forward pass stopped Honiton from securing another try shortly after and, as the game wore on, the Lacemen started to take on injuries and had to slow the game up. Kingsbridge kept up some good defence, but Ross Oaten was eventually rewarded as he collected a well presented ball and cantered through for the final try, one he converted to seal an empathic 34-0 win.
Robert. J. Tyers, Plumbing and Heating Engineers were the match ball sponsors and they opted for Connor Long the Lacemen’s Man of the Match.
This weekend the Colts entertain Okehampton (2.30pm).
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