Keep impresses in Honiton 2nds’ defeat at a strong Sidmouth XV

PUBLISHED: 12:23 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 28 March 2018

Honiton 1st XV at home to Penryn. Ref mhsp 08-17TI 7561. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 1st XV at home to Penryn. Ref mhsp 08-17TI 7561. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton 2nd XV travelled to Sidmouth for a local derby with a good mix of old heads and younger players.

Despite recent weather, conditions at the Sidford ground were good and the two sides both started well with plenty of end-to-end action.

For Honiton there was some excellent defensive work from Martin Keep while, at the opposite end of the pitch, they came close to scoring a number of times.

It was Sidmouth who broke the deadlock with a late first-half try and they added a second to lead 10-0 at the interval.

In the second half the home side had the luxury of being able to make as many as 10 changes, which completely changed the course of the game! Not only were the replacements ‘fresh legs’, they also introduced some talented players into the mix!

The Honiton cause was not helped by the sin-binning of the veteran Louie Lane for a high tackle. Honiton stuck to their task well, but the quality of the changes began to make an impression as gaps appeared in the visiting ranks.

Honiton did get on the score sheet when Dominic Pierson-Lovesy broke through a gap and scored a nice 30-yard try and Sam Heathcote added the extras. However, there was nothing that Honiton could do to stop Sidmouth romping to a 51-7 win.

Honiton felt disappointed with how Sidmouth made what started out to be a great contest into a walkover win by adding players who aren’t their regulars!

Captain Foot was pleased with the Honiton performance, especially with the shifts put in by the up-and-coming youngsters who turned out.

Dominic Pierson-Lovesy deserves special mention for his contribution and the Honiton Man of the Match award went to Martin Keep for his great tackling and all-round defensive work.

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