Honiton seconds perform better than score line at Paignton II suggests

PUBLISHED: 15:16 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:16 06 January 2015

Honiton seconds kicked off 2015 with a trip to Paignton to face the South Devon outfit's new second team, writes Tom Churchward.

The Lacemen second string travelled looking to avenge a close loss earlier in the season. In wet and windy conditions, the side were beaten 45-10, but the final score did not do justice either to the Lacemen’s performance of the difference between the two sides on the day.

Honiton were travelling with the bare 15 until the local football game got called off, so they were buoyed by some additions for the footballers, which is great to see the sporting clubs in the town sticking together.

Honiton started brightly and made some good impact when carrying with the ball. However, it was the home side who struck first when their rather large number ten found some room for their rather large number twelve who crossed the white wash for a converted try. Not to be outdone, Honiton started to throw the ball around and played some good rugby. The set pieces, which were solid all day, allowed some good phase play but Honiton could quite cross over. With the ball loose, Paignton took advantage of this and crossed over for another converted try making it 14-0. For the remainder of the half, Honiton were camped on the Paignton five-meter line and had several attempts at crossing the line after several infringements, but they just couldn’t quite get over the try line. Half-time came and Honiton knew that they were still perfectly capable of winning this game.

Unfortunately, as the second half kicked off, the Lacemen were guilty of some poor defending which allowed Paignton to get a few early converted tries, which in truth put the game to bed. Honiton brought on some fresh legs and this paid dividends, as both Steve Trenchard and Brett Sellick made good yards with ball in hand. It was from a break that Jake Smith found room to run in down the touch line, for a try which he didn’t convert. Buoyed by this, the Lacemen were now in control and Trenchard himself crossed over for a well finished try, which again went unconverted. With the possibility of a stunning comeback on the cards, Paignton themselves made some changes and these fresh legs were utilised well to allow them to cross over for a few more well worked tries, leaving the final score a rather faltering 45-10. Truth be told, this was a much closer game than the score suggests, with the Lacemen having a lot of the possession, and contributing to a great game for the neutral, as stated by several of Paignton’s locals.

On Saturday (January 11) Honiton will be looking to get back to winning ways as the entertain South Molten at Allhallows (2.30pm).

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