Honiton win thanks to late Hannay try
PUBLISHED: 14:44 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:44 28 October 2014
Honiton bounced back form their defeat in Cornish last week with what can only be described as a 'ground out' success against a tough Bude side, writes Roger Dance.
In perfect rugby playing conditions Honiton had first use of the infamous Allhallows slope and to be fair they started much the brighter side and really in the first ten minutes they should have scored three tries that all went begging because of wrong options or dropped balls.
However, as the game wore on the Bude side seemed to get the journey out of them system and started to put some phase together and Honiton had difficulty getting their hands on the ball.
It was Bude who scored first with a well struck on the 20 minute mark and, as the game wore on a strange decision from the man in the middle enabled them to kick to the corner, and, from the ensuing maul they rumbled over and kicked the extras to be ten points to the good 30 minutes into the match!
The Lacemen bounced back when a good team try was finished off by Ben Webber. Webber, showing little sign of his three-week injury lay off, also slotted the conversion and Honiton trooped off at half-time trailing 10-7.
The second half was very much a case of stalemate in terms of possession with neither side looking like scoring a try.
Webber broke the deadlock on 27 minutes with a well struck penalty that levelled the score at 10-all.
It looked like that was going to be it, but in the last five minutes a wayward line-out from the visitors dropped into the arms of player coach Jason Hannay and off he cantered from the ten-metre like and, with a couple of hand-offs he just managed to make the line for the crucial score to win the match.
This win leaves Honiton in fifth place, but with a trip to Crediton next week who are one of the bigger guns in the league, they will have to be a lot sharper all round. The line outs must improve dramatically and they must also learn to make the right decisions - if the opposition are strong upfront and weak out wide, this must be exploited.