Honiton lose opener but there’s plenty to be positive about

PUBLISHED: 11:44 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:44 07 September 2015

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Honiton began a new league campaign with a narrow 19-7 defeat to visiting Plymouth Argum, writes Jerry Rice.

With optimism high during pre season training two very tough games against Exmouth first and Sidmouth were less than productive as injuries just mounted!

Add to this the fact that a list of seven key plays were unavailable at late summer weddings and holidays this was not a game, against a side newly promoted, Honiton were particularly confident of getting a result from, but having said that they were still able to field a side and honour the fixture which shows there is strength in depth.

Playing with the slope the visitors applied a lot of pressure early on and the key factor of the missing plays was quickly evident as it was in the pack where Honiton struggled throughout the game.

There was a clear weight advantage for the visitors and they were without doubt the stronger of the two sets of forwards.

Despite the pressure Honiton’s defence was very good and it took the visitors 20 minutes to break it down and score the first try.

They made their position stronger with a further try and went into the break a comfortable 12 points to the good.

To add to Honiton’s woes there were several injuries to Honiton’s players and there was a succession of substitutes which further disrupted proceeding.

Argum broke the deadlock again with a score, but this time it was a breakaway try rather than one crafted out of good build up and as the game went on Honiton got better and started to play a bit of rugby and they were rewarded a try late on when the forwards rumbled over from close range and Rory Smith was the last one up with the ball.

As pretty much expected Honiton went down, but the score of 19-7 was better than expected and given the absentees Honiton did well and there were positives. Honiton defence did well and several on show did well under the circumstances. Skipper Price side-lined because of injury wasn’t too discouraged and in particular he picked out the hard work of youngsters Kyle Blackmoor and Jack Proctor and mentioned a good game from Phil Bennett who had to switch to the key 10 position for much of the game.

Honiton have a difficult trip to Cornwall on Saturday with a visit to Bude. Meanwhile, the second XV entertain Exmouth.


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