Honiton suffer disappointing defeat at Saltash
PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:13 07 October 2014
Honiton's firsts had a difficult afternoon on Saturday when they visited in form Saltash and went down 49-5, writes Jerry Rice.
Several injuries and unavailability meant the side travelled with a bit of inexperience and lack of fire power.
Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half the Lacemen started brightly. However, the problem was clearly in their collective lack of patience to keep the ball and build up phases of play. Possession was often kicked away or players spilled the ball and this facet of the game often put them back under pressure given the keen wind they were facing.
The defence held out initially and there was no score for the first 20 minutes until the hosts broke the deadlock with a try followed, in quick succession, buy two more. A fourth try secured the bonus point for the home team by half-time.
There was more bad news for Honiton with injuries robbing them of key backs Andy Canniford and James Coutes. This meant influential forwards Josh Rice and skipper Nick Guilbert had to become makeshift three-quarters to plug the holes!
For the first ten minutes of the second half the Lacemen pounded the home line and were camped in the home sides twenty-two for this period. Despite the endeavour they just could not cross the home white wash and, to add ‘Saltash’ to the wound, a wayward pass was gathered up and the fullback ran the length of the field to score. Resolve was broken and with backs to the wall, Honiton tried to stem the onslaught, but nothing went right and they leaked points to what was a good, well organised side and despite a consolation try scored by player-coach Hannay, Honiton were well beaten and sent home licking their wounds.
Good points, if there can be on what was a bad day for the club, were that the scrum was solid and the line out functioned well. It must also be recorded that those who stepped in lacking experience, all worked hard through out the contest.