Honiton Under-11s below par at Sidmouth Festival.

PUBLISHED: 17:18 23 February 2015

Honiton Under-11s were involved in a round-robin festival at Sidmouth, writes Luke Owen.

Unfortunately, the recent good form was left behind by the team as they struggled in what were extremely cold and wet conditions.

Also at the festival meeting were Exeter Chiefs who the young Lacelads played first. A strong opposition side won comfortably 15-0 with Honiton failing to establish any real authority or possession in the game. There were some highlights, in particular the defensive work from Isaac Stanbury, Felix Robinson and Osian Owen plus the chop tackling Billy Tarr, who collectively helped ensure the defeat was not any bigger! In their second game the Lacelads took on hosts Sidmouth. In a scrappy affair Honiton did manage to hold on to the ball for longer periods of time, but some poor decision making in the opposition 22 meant they once again failed to score and Sidmouth edged victory by a single try. In their third and final outing the Lacelads took on another Exeter Chiefs’ outfit against whom they finally sprung to life with a far more cohesive performance. In an end-to-end contest Honiton were able to spend prolong periods of time in the Chiefs half and some strong carries from Charlie Shepherd, Osian Owen and George Langrish provided the perfect platform for both Luke Matthews and Isaac Stanbury to power over for tries.

Chiefs crossed for two fine tries of their own and a brilliant last ditch tackle form their fullback prevented Joe Evans from scoring what may have been a late winning score out wide before the game ended with the score even at 10 points a piece. Despite

the lack of a win Honiton should take confidence from pushing both the Sidmouth and Chiefs sides so close, when far from their best. With the Honiton backs failing to shine it was a day for the forwards and it was Felix Robison who took the man of the match honours due to his tireless efforts.

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