Indiscipline cost Honiton top spot
PUBLISHED: 17:25 14 December 2011
Teignmouth 23, Honiton RFC 1st XV 19
Honiton slumped to an unprecedented third defeat on the bounce and missed the chance to go back to the top of the league with a poor second half showing at Teignmouth, writes Nick Guilbert.
The defeat was a disappointing because it could have been so different. With Honiton leading at half time they started the second period brightly. The kick off yielded a scrummage, and from the solid base, the Lacemen provided the back line with quality ball. Barratt broke the gain line in the midfield and brushed aside several would-be tacklers to race in to the right of the posts unopposed.
Channing converted and Honiton were 16-8 ahead and in control, however, their discipline let them down throughout the game. The referee was stringent with Honiton and dished out three yellow cards, meaning Honiton played for half an hour with 14.
The home side kicked several successful penalties in the second period to prise the win away from the Lacemen.
Honiton threw the kitchen sink in at the end but it wasn’t enough. There were a few poor individual decisions at key times which cost territory or possession.
Honiton were also guilty of letting the more robust runners in the home side make easy yards before being taken to the ground.
The game had started reasonably as Honiton kicked themselves into a 3-0 lead, and then they successfully defended their line, pushing the home side back off their line and out to the 22.
The Lacemen conceded a try after about 10 minutes, but patient play saw them enter Teignmouth territory and emerge with points.
As half time came they were ahead and in control, and it stayed that way until the last half hour when the wheels fell off.