Honiton no match for youngsters
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010
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Honiton s rather old guard seconds went over the hill to play the 'auld enemy' Sidmouth and fielding a side with at least eight over 40s was probably their main undoing as the Sidmouth side was full of rather quick youngsters, writes Jerry Rice!
Honiton's rather old guard seconds went over the hill to play the 'auld enemy' Sidmouth and fielding a side with at least eight over 40s was probably their main undoing as the Sidmouth side was full of rather quick youngsters, writes Jerry Rice!To be fair, for the first 10 minutes Honiton more than held their own and the forwards were the stronger throughout as they bossed the proceedings in tight play. However, having lost their own line-out, the ball was spun wide to great effect and the ensuing try was an ominous warning of Sidmouth's intent for the rest of the afternoon. And yes, you've guessed it, the first score was quickly followed with a similar one moments later and it was clear it was going to be a long afternoon of chasing shadows for the Lacemen.Really there was no answer to the pace of the rather rangy youngsters and, with Honiton's inevitable mistakes, they transferred the ball to their quick men (which incidentally was nearly all of them) and duly scored. Honiton did get on the score sheet just before half time when the Rhino crashed over but this proved to be Honiton's only high point. Sidmouth were some 25 points up at half time and there was no respite to the scoring in the second period as the familiar pattern continued. The final score was 48-5 and, whilst Honiton won the forward contest, they were well and truly undone for pace in the backs. Whilst it's a good run around for old boys, if you've got people with gas you're always going to win. More woe was to follow as Honiton stayed to watch the capitulation of the international side.... not such a good day out really!!