Honiton once again have no luck in defeat to Penzance Pirates

PUBLISHED: 16:17 24 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 24 November 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


Honiton’s wait for a victory this season continues after they went down 15-3 at home to Penzance Pirates, writes Jerry Rice.

Once again 80 minutes of rugby ultimately proved highly frustrating for the team.

The Lacemen had gone into the game knowing the visitors would have endured a long trip to reach East Devon and so home hopes were high that they might well be able to register their first win.

Electing to play up the field in the first half, Honiton had to weather some early attacks form the visitors, but with the help of a generous wind they were able to clear their lines, and, as the half went on, the home side got more and more confident. Exchanges were even, but the Lacemen were playing some good rugby and defending well.

The deadlock was broken on the 20-minute mark when Webber knocked over a penalty for the first score of the game. Honiton continued to attack well, but every time they got into the Pirates twenty-two, they made mistakes of which spilling the ball was the most notable and was frustrating give the effort to get into those positions.

With half-time looming a scrum inside Honiton’s twenty-two saw their influential number eight pick and go and whist he was dragged down short of the line his off load to his nine saw the visitors score under the post and go into the half time with a slender 7-3 lead which was a harsh reflection on the general play.

With the slope advantage Honiton were still in confident mood and they did take the game to the visitors, but again errors in the final quart of the field did cost dear.

Pirates then added to their score with a penalty to go 10-3 up, but Honiton still pressed and did look as if they could score.

To the dismay of the crowd a clear ‘two-onto-one situation should have seen dispatched with ease, but it wasn’t. Honiton still pressed and again whilst attacking and looking as if they would score, an interception pass inside the opponents twenty-two was gathered and the player and with a ten-yard head start he won the 70-yard foot race to the line!

This effectively dashed Honiton’s chance of getting anything from the game and again it was a case of the Lacemen being desperately unlucky.

Once again it was a game Honiton could have won. Indeed, post match the visiting head coach admitted that the home side ought to have emerged victorious.

He added that he was mystified as to why Honiton remain winless given the performance against his team.

To the faithful those words and sentiment are echoed, but unfortunately they doesn’t put points on the table and once again it is back to the drawing board. However, on a positive note the last two performances have been good, not clinical, but defiantly encouraging and there is an air of belief the Lacemen can get out of this mire!

Next up is another visit of Cornishmen as Hayle make the trip up to Allhallows for Saturday’s (November 28) clash.

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