Keep and Wellington score tries in Honiton 2nds' defeat at Topsham

PUBLISHED: 12:52 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 12 April 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9448. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Exeter Eng. Ref mhsp 41-16TI 9448. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton went down 53-14 in what was always going to be a 'difficult' game against local rivals Topsham.

This fixture underlined the problems faced at the lower levels of the game of rugby.

The home side had several subs on the sidelines, but the fact was they actually had enough numbers to field a whole team of reserves, yet for the last two seasons running they have just not honoured their away commitments to travel the short distance up to Honiton.

This is all very frustrating and all clubs do need to get their players at the lower levels to understand that for rugby to function at grass roots level they can’t just play at home – it doesn’t work like that!

Nonetheless, Honiton did honour their commitments despite several difficulties, and, with several re-jigs because of transport issues, Honiton did manage to field a side to ensure the game was played.

Inevitably, Honiton were under the cosh for long parts of the game and the strong host scored several tries.

It wasn’t until the second half that Honiton eventually got on the score sheet and with a couple of good moves it was the wingers Joe Keep and veteran Dave Wellington who crossed for scores. Tom Churchward converted both.

Despite the frustrations it was an enjoyable game for all who played. There was big thanks from the skipper James Foot, who praised those who played, especially as last minute call-ups, and sorted out the travelling issues.

The Man of the Match award went to young Will Lancaster, who started on the wing and ended up in the bear pit with the forwards for the majority of the game!

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