Honiton shrug off long trip to bag superb win at home of Cornish Pirates Amateurs

PUBLISHED: 14:22 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 24 September 2013

Honiton clambered to third in the Devon and Cornwall league with a 23-10 win at Pirates Amateurs on Saturday in Penzance, writes Nick Guilbert.

It’s not possible to go further in this league, it’s a long old way down there. It was a game Honiton could have won by more and they really piled the points on with a twenty minute blast early in the second half.

Honiton started well, and it soon became apparent that the Lacemen had the superior scrummage. They were able to press the home side into errors in this area and also at the lineout.

Honiton moved into the Penzance twenty two with some decent phase play, and Cave knocked over an easy three points following an offside. Honiton made a real mess of the re-start and allowed the ball to bounce. The home sides seven reacted quickly and lept high to gather the bouncing ball before out pacing the defence to score a gift of a five pointer.

Honiton knew this was unacceptable, especially given their dominance, but the fifth minute is no time to panic and Honiton went back to their business. However it was Penzance who began to turn the screw, they pushed Honiton back and when they won a scrum five yards out things looked ominous for the Lacemen.

However, the East Devon pack did well to win the ball against the head and Honiton won a penalty from the next ruck. Cave cleared down field and a Honiton won the lineout. Midfield yards made space on the right and Hodge drove Honiton into the twenty two. It was fluent stuff from the Lacemen. Honiton camped in the home sides twenty two, and while they elected to scrum from a penalty they were not able to score from the chance.

As play transcended into the midfield a serious knee injury to a home side player stopped the game for 25 minutes and it was Penzance who started brighter. Honiton made errors and the Pirates capitalised by finding space on the right. Honiton found themselves 10-3 down coming into half time. Cave kicked a penalty and Honiton re-grouped at the break. They put pressure on the home side and when Small broke through in the mid-field he took play well into the opposition half. Good re-cycling from the forwards drew a penalty advantage and Cave found Rice with a cross field kick out wide. Honiton were now ticking along nicely and when Ollie Rice broke the gain line down the left the forwards reacted quickly and Way showed excellent opportunism to pick and go from ten yards, he dashed to the left had corner to score a fine individual try.

Moments later Honiton were on the score board again when Ollie Rice intercepted on the ten yard line to race in at the left hand corner. Cave converted and Honiton had established a decent lead. The rest of the game was tit for tat as the home side battled in vein to get back into it and Honiton failed to make more of their superiority.

On Saturday Honiton face the unbeaten Exeter University at Allhallows in what promises to be a really good game. Please try to get to Allhallows and lend your support.

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