Honiton RFC 'bumble' to victory

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 15 June 2010

P3720-47-08SH Withycombe 2nds played Honiton 2nds at Raleigh Park on Saturday afternoon.
Picture:Simon Horn.

P3720-47-08SH Withycombe 2nds played Honiton 2nds at Raleigh Park on Saturday afternoon. Picture:Simon Horn.

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Honiton bumbled to a 40 points to 5 win over Topsham on Saturday at Allhallows.

Honiton bumbled to a 40 points to 5 win over Topsham on Saturday at Allhallows. In a turgid affair Honiton never really hit full steam, but still managed to rack up 40 points against a poor Topsham side. The home team played up the slope in the first half and soon conceded a penalty for offside. Topsham elected to go for goal from the 10 yard line, but the kick went wide and Honiton kicked off again with the score board untouched. Honiton won numerous penalties and kicked for touch accordingly, but their lineout came with no guarantees and often they retreated two steps before one was gained. Eventually they began to tap and go. This was a far more fruitful avenue of attack and Wilson was halted three yards short. With the forwards completing more phases the backs had good ball. Nex drew the defence before providing De Large with a fantastic pass. De Large broke the gain line and beat three defenders before diving over to the left of the posts. Nex coolly dropped the extras. Honiton re-started well and soon found themselves back in Topsham territory. A couple of loose kicking exchanges (spectators tend to hide behind their hands when Honiton enter into a tactical kicking match) were abruptly brought to a halt as Dobson caught the ball on the right. He ran to the left hand side of the field and offloaded to Wilson who found Sampson. Harrison provided more quick ball and play quickly moved back to the right hand side. Coach Bralsford and Hannay showed good hands to put Dobson over in the top right hand corner for an unconverted score. Honiton were soon on the attack, however a kick was charged down and one of the visitors' centres hacked on to score in the bottom left hand corner. The kick went unconverted as did a penalty attempt moments later. Honiton gathered momentum of their own and were rewarded with a penalty for offside. Nex added the three points to take the scores to 15-5 at half time. Honiton kicked on after the break, and from a scrummage on the left hand side of the field De Large found Sampson who beat two defenders and the gain line before offloading out of the tackle to Garmen. Harrison gathered the ball from the ensuing ruck and found Webber who chipped ahead over the last defender, and raced on to dot down with ease on the left. Webber went on to make good touch line kicks later in the game. Honiton scored next with the forwards winning a ball against the head. Rice immediately picked up and headed for the away side's back division and, as the defence closed around him, he span an excellently timed miss-pass to De Large. Sampson found Dobson behind the winger and the student finished well in clubhouse corner. Dobson sealed his hat-trick just moments later as he intercepted a wide ball in the top 22. He was made to sprint all of the way down the touchline by the covering defence but his speed carried him over the line once more. Honiton ambled into the last 10 and won a penalty deep in the opposition's 22. Play transferred to the left where Bralsford crossed in the corner and the final whistle blew. Honiton never really got out of third gear to be honest, and as a spectacle it was pretty desperate stuff. They will have to improve if they are to beat South Molton next week. That being said, they did win by a substantial margin, so we can't complain too much!

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