Honiton Under-12s battle bravely at Dorchester

PUBLISHED: 09:05 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:05 04 November 2015

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Honiton Under-12s were short on numbers for their trip to Dorchester.

Recent games between the sides have been keenly contested, and, with 30 players at their disposal, the home side held all the aces!

In the first match Dorchester quickly took charge of possession and managed to hold onto the ball for prolonged periods of time in the Lacelads half.

However, the Honiton defence was steadfast, with workhorses Isaac Stanbury, Gabriel Cortinhas and Osian Owen ever present at the ruck.

This determination forced countless turnovers, and when Dorchester did fling the ball out wide some brave chop tackling by Billy Tarr and Drew Hamilton, again frustrated the hosts. With such little possession, the Lacelads looked to counter, and when a loose kick was collected by fullback Tim Goody, he managed to offload to Joe Evans who pinned his ears back to grab an opportunist try, that gave Honiton an unlikely lead. From the kick off Dorchester again pounded the Honiton line, and after recycling the ball well they finally breached a tiring Honiton defence to draw level at the break. In the second half Honiton once again took the lead, as they looked to carry more through powerhouses Yannick Barrett and Charlie Shepherd, and it was a strong Barrett run that created space for Goody to work some magic and score a second Honiton try, to stun the partisan home fans. Afterwards, Dorchester wielded the changes, and these fresh legs enabled them to score a late equaliser, before the match ended 20 points all.

In the second match Honiton once again found themselves under the cosh, with Dorchester getting the rub of the green with some close offside decisions at the breakdown. This put scrum half Joe Evans under immense pressure, but despite the lack of quality ball the Lacelads once again showed what they are made of, as Luke Matthews rampaged through the Dorchester defence, and offloaded to Arthur Hattan who took the ball at pace to cross. In spite of more defiant Honiton defending, they were unable to keep the hosts at bay, as a tired Lacelads outfit finally succumbed to wave after wave of fresh legs, and they conceded two late tries to lose by just 10 points to five.

Although the visit ended with a draw and a first defeat for the Lacelads, they should feel immensely proud of the values and determination they showed, while also understanding that had they played to their capabilities, they could quite easily have won! After such a rousing defensive display, Yannick Barrett was awarded man of the match for his all action performance.

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