Honiton produce superb second half show to send Crediton packing
PUBLISHED: 16:25 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:25 11 March 2014
Honiton 25, Crediton 12
Honiton romped to a superb Allhallows victory over fourth placed Crediton on Saturday, writes Nick Guilbert.
With the Lacemen languishing at the wrong end of the league, they were desperate for a win. Having lost out to Crediton in the return fixture before Christmas Honiton faced a stern task. This was exasperated as they found themselves 12-0 down at half time, but a superb second half performance saw them win convincingly in front of buoyant home crowd.
The hosts started well in front of the home crowd, well supported by local sponsor Synergy. The Farm Veterinary specialists have sponsored the clubs pre-match equipment this season, sponsorship that the club are very grateful for.
As it was, Honiton spread the ball around the park with enthusiasm during the opening period, stretching the visitors at every opportunity. Crediton looked like realised they were in for a test, and dug in. They defended stoutly during the first fifteen minutes and the Lacemen retreated without a score.
Crediton then showed why they are fourth in the division with a well-executed move down the left. They flooded the channel and while the initial attack was halted, the resulting phase saw the left winger cross in the corner for a converted score.
It was harsh on the Lacemen as they had dominated possession. The set piece was tit for tat in the first half with the lineout going to the way of the side throwing in. Honiton struggled a little in the scrummage, but provided enough ball for the backs to make yards.
Honiton had spoken about discipline before the game, knowing that Crediton had a particularly dangerous driving maul. Honiton negated most of these attacks by throwing themselves into the mauls with everything they had. It was exhausting, especially given the size of the visitors pack but it worked for the most part.
Crediton did manage a try before half time, from a scrum five yards out they got the nudge on Honiton and with the Lacemen twisted they couldn’t stop the surge.
At 12-0 at the break, the Lacemen realised the win was well within their grasp going down the hill. The key was patience, and sensible play. The attitude of the home side was commendable, with the pack in particular keen to keep their foot on the gas.
Honiton were soon camped in club house corner, and Crediton began to infringe. From such an advantage, hooker Hill elected to take a shot to nothing with a drop goal. Somewhat miraculously it crept over, but they all count. 12-3. Yes, he is still dining out on it if you need ask.
Honiton started to dominate the scrummage, and Crediton were squirming and turning. Bizarrely the referee seemed to believe that this wheeling was down to Honiton, but sustained pressure saw the home side ram the mid Devon side back over the line for a seven pointer.
Crediton were tiring and when Honiton counter rucked the ball into a turn over on the top left hand side they used the turnover ball to put Barratt into space. He took the ball to the gain line before throwing the dummy and going through the gap. He raced clear to score in club house corner to take Honiton into the lead for the first time. The home side were dominating every facet of the game, and with the influential Nott in the bin for the black and gold for killing the ball, Kirton were on the edge.
Honiton smelt blood and when Way scored from close range, Crediton were rocking. The scoring was completed when another dominant scrum saw Selway pick up and put Ollie Rice in for another club house corner score.
Honiton clambered up the league, a result of much improved performances in 2014, founded from hard work in training.