Honiton Colts up and running with Beer Festical success against Exeter Saracens

PUBLISHED: 18:54 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:54 04 September 2013

Withycombe pre-season action

Withycombe pre-season action


With Honiton RFC being unable to field a colt’s squad for a couple of years, it was exciting times and all eyes were on the lads as they opened the Honiton RFC Beer Festival with a pre-season friendly against Exeter Sarries, writes Jerry Rice.

Honiton didn’t play the Sarries last season, so neither team had any stats to compare. Watched by a large crowd Honiton started brightly and had in the first quarter, the lion’s share of possession.

However, it was the visitors who scored first from a good long range break for the opposition full back. Honiton re-grouped and settled in for what was turning into an end to end game. Sarries went further ahead with a well struck penalty.

Honiton plugged away and a well worked passage of play saw George Dowse open Honiton’s account when he out paced the defence to dot down. Honiton have a strong pack and with this causing the opposition problems the Ref decided the rest of the game would have to be uncontested which did reduce Honiton’s fire power considerably.

Unperturbed, the Lacemen dug deep and managed to find gaps. Johny House weaved his way through on one such break to claim the Lacemens second try of the half and Honiton turned around level pegging at 10-20.

With the Allhallows slope being played to the home side’s advantage the visitors flagged and they were unable to breach the scoring zone in the second half. Honiton’s confidence grew and Harry Wright got Honiton’s third and on the final whistle Gorge Dowse crashed the line again to make it four and with House knocking over the extras this secured a 22-10 hard earned victory.

Perhaps a little rusty in places but a good game to kick of the season.

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