Honiton Tigers Under-8s get great turnout for first games of new season

PUBLISHED: 08:13 07 October 2014

Honiton Tigers Under-8s began the new season with defeat in three of four matches played against OPM.

Playing for the first time as an under-8 team there were an impressive 24 players on duty for the young Lacemen whilst the visitors pitched up with a squad of nine.

Each of the four Honiton teams got a crack at trying to overcome the visitors, but fell short, leaving much for coaching staff Jon Hannay, Ray Hennessy and Adam Kent to work on in the forthcoming weeks.

Last season’s coaches’ player of the year Tyler Patch scored a brace of tries as the Tigers lost their first match 6-4. Debutant Josias Drew and CJ Nequest were the other scorers in a close fought curtain raiser. Jake Carter, Harry Kent and another newcomer Bryn Johnson made up the rest of the home side.

Arguably the most experienced Honiton team was up next, but were left reeling 7-3 by their determined Plymouth opponents. Ewan Powers-Maguire bagged a double and Harvey Hannay the other. Finley Backhouse, Tom Phillips, Alfie Terry and Jacob Farnes also played.

Three newcomers made up the third team to tackle the visitors - and they impressed in a 4-4 draw. Jake Giles and Alexander Goody picked up a pair of tries apiece while Harry Madge, Jake Downs, Charlie Pickering and Finley Offer-Hoar contributed with some great tags and team play.

Louis Charleton scored two tries in his first ever game as the Tigers were edged out 10-7 in the final game. Dylan Burrough (2), Robert Hennessy, Sam Gray and Henry Devin also notched while Danny Page was also prominent.

Jonathan Hannay said: “Even though we lost, there were lots of positives to take away. The newcomers all performed really well and are quickly settling in to life as a Tiger.”

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