Honiton enjoy rare success as they see off Veor at Allhallows.

PUBLISHED: 19:31 11 December 2013 | UPDATED: 19:31 11 December 2013

Honiton 36, Veor 3

Honiton clambered a couple of places in the Devon and Cornwall league table with a bonus point win against a poor Veor side at Allhallows, writes Nick Guilbert.

The win was a good tonic for the Lacemen following a string of defeats that had seen them slip into the bottom segment of the table.

Veor won the toss and elected to play up the slop in the first half. Honiton kicked deep from the start; and while Veor cleared Honiton used their much improved set piece to dominate possession. Honiton couldn’t use this platform in the early stages and three penalties in quick succession gave Veor the chance to go in front. They did so with a three point effort from just outside the twenty two.

Honiton kicked on into gear, and soon gained success by playing a more simplistic game plan orchestrated by the ever growing influence of Thompson and man of the match Canniford. Good pressure on a Veor lineout from Moffett allowed Lane to tidy at the back, and when Canniford broke through the midfield he fed Small. Selway fed from the breakdown Webber, and the much missed winger returning from injury showed his class by stepping off his right foot and racing into score to the right of the posts.

Honiton arrived in Veor territory as the Lacemen began to break tackles at will. With Honiton camped in clubhouse corner good work from the forwards was wearing down the visitors. Guilbert went close in the corner before the recycled ball worked it’s way out to the midfield where he second row partner Lane drove over with the assistance of his colleagues.

Honiton were soon back in clubhouse corner and when the home side pushed Veor back over their own line, they won a scrummage five yards out. The home packed licked their lips and drove Veor back from the set piece giving Moffett the chance to score from the base.

It was a well worked half for the Lacemen and they knew that they had more in the tank for the second half. As it was it took Honiton a moment to get on to the score board, but when a turnover presented a chance for an overlap Guilbert fed Thompson who found his three quarters up the blind side. Ollie Rice showed good pace and strength up the left to fend off a couple defenders and cross in the corner.

Honiton were winning the contest in most areas, but a comfortable lead has been unknown territory for Honiton over the last few weeks. Good work in the middle of the park allowed the forwards to trundle at reasonable pace up the guts of Cornish defence where Canniford spotted a gap around the fringe and used his pace to score from twenty yards out.

Ollie Rice had the last say on the score board when Honiton won a penalty in the top left hand corner. Whitton did well to pick out the oncoming Rice who sliced through the defence to score to the left of the posts.

It was a comfortable win for Honiton against a team that will struggle to stay in this division.

The Lacemen round-off the year of 2013 with a trip to Plymouth to face OPM on Saturday.


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