Honiton Colts suffer Devon final defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:05 05 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:05 05 May 2015

Honiton captain Harry Wright with the losers shield after the Lacemen lost 22-0 to Barnstaple in the Devon Colts Cup final at Sandy Park. It was Honiton's  first appearance in the final since 1985 when, coincidentally, they also lost to Barnstaple.

Honiton captain Harry Wright with the losers shield after the Lacemen lost 22-0 to Barnstaple in the Devon Colts Cup final at Sandy Park. It was Honiton's first appearance in the final since 1985 when, coincidentally, they also lost to Barnstaple.

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Honiton went down 20-0 in the Devon Colts Cup final, but won plenty of admirers for the way they played in what was an entertaining game.

The young Lacemen were joined at Sandy Park, by a large contingent of supporters.

Simply to reach the final was a terrific achievement for Honiton and they showed throughout the contest that they were not simply at the home of Exeter Chiefs to make up the numbers.

What made the sides task all the more difficult was that they had been beaten by Barum twice during the season.

Undaunted by the stats being against them, Honiton started brightly and had several very good phases of play, but despite keeping the ball well they struggled to make in-roads against a large and well-organised Barum defence!

The North Devon side broke the deadlock on ten minutes with a well struck penalty following an infringement at the break down and, shortly after, their hefty forwards crossed for a try to take them into an 8-0 lead.

Honiton dug deep and made progress into Barum territory, but a combination of unforced handling errors and that sound defence, proved to be their undoing in terms of getting a score on the board.

It was from a fine clearance kick that resulted in the Lacemen being pinned back in their own half for a period of time and, just before the break, Barnstaple scored again to go into half-time with a comfortable 13-0 lead.

In the second half, with the use of the wind, Honiton found themselves in good attacking positions, but as had been the case before the break, the Barum defence was disciplined and tight and that was sufficient to keep the Lacemen out.

There was just a single converted try added to the score in the second period, consigning a valiant Lacemen to a 20-0 defeat.

The Honiton side can certainly take heart, and indeed be mighty proud of their efforts this season.


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