Honiton Under-11s storm back to net win double in derby matches

PUBLISHED: 14:28 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 13 January 2015

Honiton Under-11s entertained Withycombe and Sidmouth for a round-robin set of fixtures.

In the first match a rusty set of Lacelads struggled defensively and succumbed far too easily to Withycombe, losing 30-0.

However, that was top prove merely a ‘sluggish start’ for, next up in a second meeting with Withy, Osian Owen set the tone early on in with trademark robust running that was rewarded with a fine individual try. The score lifted the Lacelads and, with ball in hand, they strung several phases together before Billy Tarr and Joe Evans showed great pace to cross the whitewash. This was a lead Honiton never looked like losing thanks to an improved defensive effort led by Joseph Hynam and his impressive chop-tackling which limited Withy to a solitary score before the match ended with the Lacelads victorious by 15 points to five.

Honiton’s final match was against neighbours Sidmouth, and in a physical contest, the Lacelads forwards stood firm in defence and restricted Sidmouth to just the one try. In attack Joshua Giles was a constant threat and punched holes in the visitors defence, allowing Joe Evans to cap a fine display with a superb hat-trick of tries as The Lacelads were rewarded with their second 15-5 victory of the day.

Despite the sloppy start, Honiton showed great character to bounce back with two fine victories and several players performed well. However, the award for Man of the Match deservedly went to Joseph Hynam who displayed real bravery and desire in defence throughout the matches.

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