Honiton Colts work hard in 19-5 victory over Newton Abbot.
PUBLISHED: 16:40 20 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 20 January 2015
The Lacemen Colts played a well-drilled Newton Abbot and had to work hard to seal a 91-5 success, writes Paz Parratt
Honiton chose to get the hard graft out of the way in the first half and played against the slope. With conditions heavy extremely heavy underfoot the initial kick was taken on by the Lacemen forwards and, with mud laden boots, they started the march up the slope, only to be confronted by a very stern side and the die was cast for a good contest.
The teams played the heavy conditions well and the ball was recycled and played close. Both defences’ held sway until the visitors took advantage of a dropped ball to score an unconverted try out wide. The whistle came soon after and the Lacemen colts trooped off trailing 5-0 at the break.
After the break the Lacemen had the advantage of the slope and they used it well, keeping Newton Abbot pinned in their own half. Ben Logans quick response earned the Lacemens first points as he charged down on the try line to level the scores.
The game was again played using both sets of forwards to full advantage and time and time again the game fell into stalemate. With tired legs from both camps, changes were made and the Lacemens fresh legs lifted the game.
After a spell camped in the visitors 22 skipper Harry Wright broke through the centre to cross well in range of Ross Oatens boot and the home side led 12-5.
Newton Abbot responded well, but superb defence from the Lacemens back line kept the All Whites well and truly at bay.
With the clock ticking down Will Tyers completed the try scoring when he intercepted and ran home under the posts from long distance and Ross Oaten slotted the conversion to round off the scoring.
Skipper Harry Wright was awarded the Man Of The Match for his tireless all round performance.