Honiton limp out of the National Cup

PUBLISHED: 16:31 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:53 15 June 2010

Honiton limped out of the National Cup on Saturday with a narrow 3-0 loss at the hands of Brockworth at Allhallows. The football score is a hard pill for the Lacemen to swallow, especially given their below par performance on the day.

Honiton limped out of the National Cup on Saturday with a narrow 3-0 loss at the hands of Brockworth at Allhallows.

The football score is a hard pill for the Lacemen to swallow, especially given their below par performance on the day. Emphasis had been put on the game, but Brockworth effectively nullified Honiton's lacklustre attacks.

The Lacemen played down the slope in the first half and started well, acquiring possession deep in Brockworth territory. As they worked the ball down the right hand side of the field, they lost control and the visitors cleared. Basic errors hampered the home side all afternoon. They knocked on as many times as I can remember, and at times the play was lethargic, making Brockworth's defensive duties easy.

The Gloucester side advanced upfield and stretched the Lacemen, making use of the whole width of the field, switching the focus of attacks. Their rucks were 10, 15 or more metres from the last. Moving the play in this fashion opened up the Lacemen who had to dig deep to keep them out.

A Brockworth crossfield kick bounced kindly out of play for the Lacemen, as the away side continued to press. Honiton cleared the danger following good work from Terry, but still Honiton's narrow driving game gave little return and shovelled the back division poor ball in front of a primed defence.

Honiton's backs made the occasional break but the lack of willing support runners was all too apparent.

Basic handling errors saw Brockworth enter Honiton territory once more and they scored the only points of the game from a basic penalty in front of the posts. At half time, Honiton knew they would have to work hard playing up the slope, but were confident they could win the game.

In the second period, Brockworth's large travelling support made their voices heard and cheered their side on to victory. Coutes came on for Garmen at half time and Wilson, Parkyn and Guilbert were all introduced as the game wore on but could do nothing to change the result.

Honiton's best chance came within the last 10 minutes as they were awarded a penalty five yards out in the top left hand corner. However, Brockworth showed their experience as they started a melee, to which Honiton responded by showing their inexperience in retaliating.

These moments can be the make or break in many games, and Honiton's dominance in the scrum could have fashioned a score from that platform.

The game petered out, and Honiton were left deflated. The result would be more bearable to take had Brockworth been a better side or had Honiton put their best performance in and lost, but one was left feeling that the kitchen sink had been well and truly left bolted to the wall.

Next week the Lacemen travel to South Molton as they return to league action.

By Nick Guilbert

Honiton rugby


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