Honiton play host to Chard and Welsh tourists Machen

PUBLISHED: 19:30 18 April 2012

Honiton U9s

Honiton U9s


Honiton played host to a Welsh Touring side and Chard RFC, filling Allhallows to capacity and then some, with an overspill of games being played on Honiton Community College playing fields across the road.

Great weather and greater enthusiasm from players and supporters made for a special day.

Honiton U12s 14, Wellington U12s 54

Honiton played host to Wellington on a very busy morning at the club. Having not had a game for a month the rustiness showed. Unfortunately, the home side were very slow out of the blocks and never looked like getting back into the game. Honiton did manage to score two tries, one from Joseph Gibbs and the other from Joel Gibson making his debut. Conversions were kicked by Ben Phillips and Jack Katene. Man of the Match went to Ben Phillips and Giles Richards for their tireless efforts.

Honiton Musketeers 26, Chard U11s 5

Honiton Musketeers 14, Machen U11s 7

The Musketeers played two shortened games on Sunday morning at Allhallows.

First up they put Chard to the sword, with the forwards winning plenty of ball allowing the backs to entertain the crowd with some fine running rugby, tries from Olive, Woollacott 2 and Wright, conversions for Woollacott and Wright.

The second game was against a touring side from South Wales, and was a much sterner test with Honiton coming out on top thanks to two well-worked tries from Wright, Woollacott and Wright adding the extras. Man of the Match went to Woollacott in the first game and Wright in the second.

Honiton U10s 7, Chard U10s 6

James Ashby opened the scoring for Honiton. There was much good rugby played by both teams, with Honiton putting up a strong defensive line and tackling well against Chard’s attacks. Tries for Honiton came from James Ashby, George Tomkins, Charles Corr, Jack Todd, Lewis Gleed and Matthew Webb who was also voted Player of the Match. An excellent sporting display with a great atmosphere and spirit shown by both teams, well done guys!

Honiton U8A 11, Machen U8 7

Honiton U8A 7, Chard U8 8

The under 8's fielded two sides against Welsh tourists Machen and Somerset neighbours Chard for their penultimate tag match before the team takes up the challenge of full contact rugby. In the first encounter Honiton A faced Machen and produced a fine team performance. Strong running from Charlie Shepherd and Cody Floyd allowed Joshua Giles to blaze in for 5 tries, Joe Evans 3, Luke Matthews 2 and Osian Owen 1. In their second match Honiton A lost narrowly by 7 tries to 8 to Chard with both teams producing some outstanding running rugby. Once again Joe Evans crossed the white wash for 5 tries while Osian Owen powered over for 2 scores.

Honiton U8B 4, Chard U8 9

Honiton U8B 10 , Machen U8 10

In their first match a slightly rusty Honiton B went down by 9 tries to 4 to Chard with Felix Williams grabbing 2, the impressive Byron Spence 1 and Dafydd Platt 1. In their second match Honiton B upped their game in a thrilling encounter with Machen. It eventually ended with both teams scoring 10 tries each with River Liesk scorching in for 3, Tim Goody 2, Cameron King 2, Felix Robinson 1, Felix Williams 1 and Byron Spence 1. All in all it was a super spectacle to rugby with all teams showcasing some excellent skills but man of the match went to Byron Spence for his direct running to finish two great team moves.

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