Lacemen awarded five valuable points

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 April 2016

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Honiton’s dramatic season continues! Last Saturday they were supposed to play already-relegated Newquay Hornets at home, but being bottom of the league and in complete disarray they cancelled and, by default, this gave Honiton the valuable five points, writes Jerry Rice.

For Honiton it was disappointing as it’s often not just about the game but the social side as well and this week Synergy, who are one of the club’s main sponsors, were supposed to be holding a luncheon with the game as the entertainment.

Whilst Honiton were confident of a win anyway, this points haul was gratefully received.

Unfortunately, the drama continues as the two teams below Honiton in the dogfight drew against each other but also have to play Newquay before the season ends.

So nothing was decided this weekend and it is very much all still up in the air for the third relegation spot.

For Honiton to be safe they must get a point from their two remaining games, but both are stiff opponents in the top half of the league.

This Saturday Honiton are away to Plymouth Argum, which is now a vital game.

For Honiton 2nd XV the season has come to end on a tremendous high. With the Sidmouth opposition calling off earlier in the week, a hastily rearranged friendly fixture against higher-opposition Saltash was organised and they very kindly agreed to come up to Honiton to fill the gap.

Given their success of ‘Footies Army’, Honiton resisted the opportunity to load the side with redundant first teamers and with conditions ideal for running rugby Saltash had first use of the slope.

Honiton were quickly in their stride and quick ball released to influential duo Ross Oaten and Steve Trenchard saw them break the gain line and interplay between them saw Oaten dot down for an early score.

Honiton had thought they would get a sterner test but they ran the show and by half-time they had piled on the points and the Welsh Cooke Oaten and Trenchard combination was working well.

It was Trenchard who was the pick of the first half as he ran in three tries. By half-time Honiton were 30-5 to the good.

To be fair, Saltash never gave up and they were first on the score sheet in the second half.

Trenchard got his fourth of the afternoon shortly after, but it was a sterner test in the second half and Honiton didn’t help themselves. At one stage they were down to 13 men because of yellow cards.

Saltash took advantage of this but the result was never in doubt.

Ben Welch dotted down to steady the ship and then, in true Premiership style, Oaten Hoisted a cross field kick which Dan Garmen gather to round off a great afternoon.

The final score was 54-24 and again it was a great game in front of a healthy crowd for a 2nd XV game.

There was no man of the match award and the fact that in the last four games the Lacemen have played they have netted some 200 plus points shows it is a good unit.

James Foot’s men have finished the season on a high!

Let’s hope the 1st XV survive as well.

● Hundreds of young rugby players from all over Devon converged on Allhallows on Sunday to take part in the county under-nines festival.

Twenty-four teams took part on a gloriously sunny day. Allhallows was awash with families cheering on their teams.

It was probably one of the largest crowds of people on the Allhallows field watching sport.

It was a great advert of community rugby.

All the games were keenly contested and in the Shield competition Newton Abbot won the day.

In the plate, hosts Honiton were just edged out by Sidmouth and in the Cup final it was a plucky Ivybridge side who bounced back to beat Exeter Youth.

It was a lot of work to organise and Paula Briar and her band of volunteer helpers worked hard to ensure it all ran smoothly.

There was special thanks to Tesco for their support with the food, AS builders for their support for providing portable toilets, Otter Windows for providing the PA sound system and Chris Grady for being the official photographer on the day.


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