Honiton see off Penzance Pirates and Baily looks ‘one for the future’
PUBLISHED: 19:27 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 19:27 19 March 2014
Honiton 35, Penzance Pirates 10
Honiton were handsome winners as they sealed a third successive home win and the added bonus point continues to steer the side clear of the relegation zone, writes Nick Guilbert.
The Cornish side pitched up in Mid Devon sitting one point lower than Honiton in the table.
The Lacemen were forced to make several changes from the previous game, but, playing down the Allhallows track started brightly and had the lions share of the possession, doing everything correctly, but without scoring!
That changed in the 15th minute when good ball retention saw the ball released to Ben Webber to crash over. Webber converted his own try to and there followed a period of Honiton dominance until a hamstring injury to Ben Small disrupted the general pattern of play. Despite continued possession the Lacemen were unable to add further scores and, five minutes before the break the Cornish side struck very much against the run of play with an unconverted try.
Honiton responded well and sustained pressure from the home pack gave Jonnie Selway some room to dart in round the blind side, and, with Webber converting again, the Lacemen took a 12-5 lead into the break.
The second half continued in the same vein with Honiton enjoying the lion’s share of the possession and applying the pressure. Twenty minutes in they scored a brace of tries through Ollie Hyland and James Coutes, the latter the try of the game as the ball went through several hands allowing him to run in from the 10-metre line. Penzance showed some fight and scored another try, but when Adam Thompson crossed the Pirates line once more and, with Webber kicking all the conversions Honiton ran out comfortable winners.
This was a workman like performance that did the job and the away trip to Falmouth on Saturday will surely be a sterner test . There were some good performances from the Honiton players. Veteran, and club chairman Michael Huskin did a good job stepping in to help out at the coal face. Man of the match went to young Matt Baily who stepped up to the challenge of senior rugby with ease and clearly looked the part with some great defensive work in particular. Clearly one for the future!
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