Honiton lose eighth successive match

PUBLISHED: 09:37 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 10 November 2015

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The quest for a first win of the season continues as Honiton slummed to there eighth league defeat in succession this season, going down 25-12 to visitors Old Public Oaks, writes Jerry Rice.

The home side opted to play against the slope on muddy Allhallows surface.

The first scrum of the day was to set the tone of the match as the Plymouth-based opposition marched the Lacemen’s pack backwards and this, together with a most effective maul, was hard for Honiton to deal with all afternoon.

The visitors broke the deadlock on 10 minutes when they crossed in the corner from a catch and drive from five metres out.

Despite this, Honiton rallied well and started to make inroads, and, from a good passage of play, the ball got moved out to Ben Dobson who stepped on the gas to outpace the defender and dot down out wide to level the score.

With tails up, Honiton really started to take the game to their visitors, and, from a patient build up of phases, skipper Robert Price crashed over near the uprights for Ollie Cave to convert to put the Lacemen into the lead in a contest for the first time this season!

Unfortunately the scrums continued to be Honiton issue and this did present them with problems of getting clean ball. With five minutes to go the visitors rumbled a maul over to finish the half just two points down at 12-10.

During half-time was clearly an air of confidence in the home huddle, possible governed by the fact it was soon to be the Lacemen’s turn use the slope advantage.

Unfortunately, from the kick-off a re-gathered ball by the visitors was spun wide, and, with Honiton’s defensive line caught napping, they were able to cantered in from long range.

Honiton did re-group for a while and did make in roads but again a ball spun wide allowed the visitors to score again to put Honiton two scores behind. Honiton kept plugging away, but the game just seemed to ebb away from them as, with some good clearance work from the opposition number ten, any attacks were kicked back. With time running out a further penalty put the final nail in the coffin and yet again the Lacemen were left empty handed in a league game this season.

To be fair it was a spirited performance and Honiton played their part in a good game in tricky conditions, but when you luck is down - it’s down!

Honiton must continue to work hard and the adage of: “The more I practice the luckier I get”, must be considered. This Saturday (November 7), it’s another tough trip away to Paignton who occupy a top three slot at the moment.


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