Honiton Under-11s go down battling to Tiverton

PUBLISHED: 11:51 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51 22 April 2015

Honiton at home to Withycombe. Ref mhsp 5500-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton at home to Withycombe. Ref mhsp 5500-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Under-11s went down 40-20 to visiting Tiverton, but there was much form the Lacelads coaching staff to be pleased about in the performance.

Honiton suffered a blow in then build-up to the game with late withdrawals due to illness and injury that ultimately left the Lacelads with a bare nine players for the fixture.

Despite the obvious problems it was the home side that started the brighter with new half-back combination Edward Grimshaw and Tim Goody controlling territory and possession.

Unfortunately no scores came in the early dominance and Tiverton began to get on top. However, they were met by some formidable defending, particularly from Isaac Stanbury and Osian Owen who tirelessly threw their bodies into ruck after ruck and maul after maul.

When Tiverton did get the ball they were unable to breach a wall of Charlie Shepherd, Billy Tarr or Arthur Hattan who each put in huge tackles try-saving tackles. It was from one such tackle that Honiton turned the ball over. Felix Robinson and Joshua Giles shipped the ball quickly to winger Billy Tarr who skipper his way through the Tivvy lines to open the scoring with the first try of the game. The visitor’s came back well and scored two tries of their own, to lead 10-5 at half-time.

After the break a key feature of the contest was that whilst the Lacelads had to soldier on with their bare nine the visitors were able to call upon fresh legs, and that was to prove decisive.

Amidst periods of Tivvy dominance there was more heroic defending by the home side who also managed to get forward to score three second half tries of their own.

The first was scored by full-back Arthur Hattan who showed both grace and power to cross before Osian Owen pirouetted over from a back of a mall after a powerful Edward Grimshaw carry.

The third was scored by fly-half Tim Goody who waltzed in as he avoided both touch and the Tiverton defence to grab a fine individual score late in the game.

Despite the loss it was a real cohesive performance from the Lacelads who dug in and showed an abundance of character. In such a physical encounter it was always going to be one of the Lacelads forwards who took the Man of the Match honours and so it was with Osian Owen taking the plaudits for his relentless presence in the tight and hefty carries with ball in hand.

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