Honiton finally bag that elusive first win of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:12 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 02 December 2015

Honiton 2nds at home to Paignton. Ref mhsp 6910-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Paignton. Ref mhsp 6910-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton’s season long wait for a 1st XV success is over after the team defeated Hayle 18-13.

The arrival of the victory should not be viewed as too much of a surprise for the Laceman have shown improved form in recent matches.

However, it was a close encounter and there were a few hearts in mouths as the game ended in near darkness!

A mix up with the referee meant the start was delayed for 15 minutes and, with a first half lasting 53 minutes because of stoppages, light was always going to be an issue at the end of the game on what was a very wet and gloomy afternoon.

Honiton started brightly and, despite being against a strong wind, they had first use of the infamous Allhallows slope, and, as is the way, you need to get ahead.

Honiton did have the lions share of the possession in the first quarter and seemed to be camped in the visitors half. After a good passage of play veteran lock Nick Guilbert crashed over from short range and Ben Webber knocked over the easy extras to put Honiton 7-0 to the good.

The lead was increased on the half hour mark when ill-discipline from the visitors saw two of their players in the sin bin and the numbers advantage was exploited well with the ball being swung wide to Kyle Blackmore to dot down. With Webber adding a penalty Honiton went into the break 15-0 up and looking good for the first victory - or so they thought!

The second half started badly for the Lacemen as the visitors scored an early try and Honiton were starting to have to look over their shoulder when Hayle added a penalty to their total.

As the gloom got worse Ben Webber steady the ship with a penalty, but Hayle pressed and having had two near misses their goal kicker slotted the third to get them to 13-18 and within a try of the home side.

On came the floodlights, and, with influential number eight Josh Rice being put in the bin with six minutes to go, it meant for a period of ‘backs to the wall;’ for the Lacemen.

Hayle threw everything they had in a desperate bid to get the next score, but, to a man, the home side defended as if lives depended on it.

Eventually, in near darkness the whistle went, and the joy on the luckless Lacemen was clear to see.

Hayle were coming strong at the end, but it would, have been so cruel on the Lacemen had they not won this one. They were the better side on the day . There was a lot of team sprit on the day and the win sees them move off the bottom of the table.

The tough campaign continues on the road this Saturday (December 5) with a trip down to deepest darkest Cornwall as they visit Falmouth.

The game was a final appearance in Lacemen colours– for now – for the popular Benny Webber who is now off to Australia to enjoy a ‘gap year’.


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