Lacemen net second half ‘win’ at Withy

PUBLISHED: 07:50 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 07:50 17 December 2014

Action between Withycombe and Honiton at Raleigh Park on Saturday.  Ref exsp 3201-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Action between Withycombe and Honiton at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Ref exsp 3201-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

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Honiton made the short trip down to Exmouth to play Withycombe for their latest league match.

Action between Withycombe and Honiton at Raleigh Park on Saturday.  Ref exsp 3200-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.Action between Withycombe and Honiton at Raleigh Park on Saturday. Ref exsp 3200-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Table-topping Withycombe went into the game as clear and with just a minute on the clock showed why they are the section’s top team with their big and experienced pack mauling over the Lacemen line.

Within five minutes the try count was doubled and, displaying clear scrum dominance it looked like being a very tough afternoon for the visiting side!

However, Honiton dug deep and put up a sterling fight, but Withy scored further tries to have the bonus point banked well before the interval.

Honiton, whilst showing endeavour during the first half, tended to be guilty of coughing up possession too much and, when playing a good side, these turn-overs were all too often punished in ruthless fashion!

Staring at the abbess the half time talk from skipper Guilbert had to be positive, and it proved to be just the tonic, as, straight from the kick-off Honiton won the ball back and a quick pass released winger Martin Keep who jinked down the wing to score out wide.

The Lacemen, buoyed by the early score, added a second ten minutes into the half when Adam Thompson finished of a good attack with a converted try.

The game opened up after this and the action was end-to-end, but Withycome always had that bit extra and they bagged a further two tries.

Honiton, to their credit, stuck manfully to the task and their honest endeavour was rewarded with another try when Keep got his second right on the final whistle after another sustained attack.

A huge positive for the Lacemen to take from the contest was they ‘won’ the second half and that was what they could proudly take away from a tough afternoon in Exmouth.

Three of the Honiton Colts, Jonnie Houase, Usama Almagardi and Harry Wright all stepped up to the plate and impressed, but the Laceman Man of the Match award went to James Coutes who looked good with the ball in hand throughout.


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