Honiton serve up miserable effort as Bridgers depart with the spoils
PUBLISHED: 17:04 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 12 March 2013
Honiton 14, Ivybridge 32
Honiton slumped to a galling loss at home to a poor Ivybridge side, writes Nick Guilbert.
Following the previous weeks good win one might have hoped that the Lacemen would kick on, but in actual fact it was comfortably their worst performance of the calendar year by some margin.
Poor attendance at training during the week did not help matters as the Lacemen kicked off down the slope in wet conditions. Honiton were clearly capable of being dominant, but they showed an inability to control the game that cost them dear.
They scored first by gaining territory deep into Ivybridge half and used their superiority in the scrummage to push over for the first score. Rice coming up with the ball. Cave converted and things looked to be heading in the right direction.
As it was Ivybridge reacted immediately, and a poor kick followed by a poor kick chase did nothing but allow the Ivybridge back three room to manoeuvre. They created an attack from which they scored unopposed in the top right hand corner for an unconverted score.
Honiton then went further behind from memory. I don’t remember how, and I don’t care to, but the South Devon side acquired their territorial gain from idiotic Honiton penalties; offside’s and hands in the ruck etc. The sort of thing that drives a coach to the point of distraction.
Honiton did respond, and with the set piece working well they easily acquired decent territory. They won a scrummage, and Hyland hit a wonderful line off Rice to break the gain line. He drew the full back and found his centre colleague Small to his right. Small gathered and raced in to cross under the posts. Cave did the honours and Honiton needed to kick on.
However, their control and subsequent ball retention deserted them as the conditions worsened. Ivybridge basically let Honiton make the errors and then capitalised on their territory as they again scored an unconverted score out wide.
Honiton had it all to do in second half and their first half inabilities were exasperated as they management on the side lines elected to only field 14 players for the first ten minutes of the half. Handling errors increased and the lineout shook in a dour forty minutes. They conceded twice more, and I don’t care to write much more as it makes me sick to think of it.