Honiton disappoint on visit to Falmouth

PUBLISHED: 08:46 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:46 27 March 2014

Honiton at home to Withycombe. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref mhsp 1164-05-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Honiton at home to Withycombe. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref mhsp 1164-05-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Falmouth 32, Honiton 17

Honiton returned from their latest trip to Cornwall well beaten, writes Nick Guilbert.

Having lost the game between the two sides before the Christmas break at Allhallows, Honiton knew they were in for a tough game.

The Lacemen played into the stiff breeze in the opening period and having obtained possession they pressed the home side with repetitive phases. Falmouth repelled the Lacemen’s early attacks and the fishermen then worked their way down field.

The Cornish lineout was outstanding, and proved to be an effective platform all day. Honiton couldn’t compete in this area and struggled against the catch and drive maul. This attacking technique yielded two scores for Falmouth in the opening ten minutes as the East Devon side infringed regularly. This culminated in Guilbert being sin-binned for holding on in isolation, leaving Honiton facing a difficult period, already 14-0 down, playing into the strong wind.

As it was, Selway and Canniford orchestrated a Honiton attack from deep, and with Barratt, Bennett and Dalton all making good yards, the Lacemen soon found themselves on the home sides twenty two. Josh Rice broke through in the middle, before drawing the last man and offloading to his brother who scored just to the right of the posts. Webber converted well to bring the scores to 14-7.

Honiton conceded once more in the first half, but they felt that they could still get a positive result at the half time break. They started brightly with Webber kicking a long range penalty, however the home sides superiority at the set piece saw them overwhelm the Lacemen, and with Hill forced off the field due to injury, Honiton’s own lineout was not guaranteed.

This left the Lacemen with scraps; Falmouth gained territory from some weak tackling and scored again from a driving maul, which saw full back Rice sin binned for attempting to pull it down.

Honiton kept going and reaped reward for their efforts as they found their way to the Falmouth line by stretching the home side. Selway fed the ball towards Bailey on the line, but an intentional knock down from the pass saw the ref go under the posts for a penalty try. When Honiton had the ball in hand and they went through their phases, they looked dangerous, it just didn’t happen often enough.

Honiton couldn’t close the gap and Falmouth scored once more to kill the game off. On Saturday the Lacemen entertain Hayle at Allhallows.


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