Honiton players impress against Tivvy

PUBLISHED: 11:28 09 November 2011

Honiton v Withycombe. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhsp 2158-42-11TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Tiverton 29, Honiton 1st XV 23

Honiton travelled over to Tiverton for their first round encounter in the Devon Intermediate Cup. Honiton are going well in their league at the moment and, given the fact that in this competition they are seeded 15th out of 16 teams eligible to play, to progress very far would be tough ask. With this in mind, the selection committee decided to use the game as an opportunity to look at Honiton’s wider squad, writes Jerry Rice.

Tiverton play in the league above Honiton and under floodlights, in what was, at times, pretty thick fog, it was a job to actually see what was happening on the field.

Honiton started brightly and, having won a turn over from the kick off, patient phases of rugby saw them work up the field and, with defence running out, Andy Canniford crossed and converted for an early seven point lead.

Tiverton bounced back with an early score and a penalty shortly afterwards saw them 10-7 to the good. The game was evenly contested for the remainder of the half, but an infringement right in front of the post saw Tiverton knock over another penalty for a narrow 13-7 lead.

After the break, Canniford redressed the balance with two well-struck penalties. Unfortunately for the Lacemen, the impressive Tivvy full back made two good breaks when given the ball and they scored two quick tries, one of which was converted.

Despite the gap, Honiton rallied and, on as a substitute, player coach Glen Channing threw a neat dummy to cross unopposed. Ed Fowler knocked over the conversion. Tiverton replied with a penalty to put them two scores up at 29-20.

Debutant Fowler then slotted a Honiton penalty and the last five minutes saw Honiton press for the winning score. However, despite being camped on the opposition line, time ran out and the ref blew for full time.

Tiverton I’m sure will admit they were pressed all the way and for Honiton there was of course the disappointment of losing but it was a much changed crew and playing league higher opposition, it was a credit to the clubs strength in depth and there were many solid performances from the players on show.

It’s back to league action next week with a tough home encounter against the Penzance Pirates.


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