Lacemen return to form

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:07 15 June 2010

A convincing second half performance saw Honiton run out 25-10 winners against Wessex at Allhallows on Saturday afternoon.

A convincing second half performance saw Honiton run out 25-10 winners against Wessex at Allhallows on Saturday afternoon. With the Lacemen losing at half time, scores from Garmen, Hannay and Barrett ensured they leapt to fifth in the league, writes Nick Guilbert. Honiton played down the slope in the first half and kicked off to their opponents. On an ideal day for rugby the Lacemen wasted no time in turning the ball over and heaping pressure on the Exeter side. Wessex defended well in those 10 minutes as Honiton camped on their line and eventually they cleared. It was obvious from the opening stages that Honiton were playing all the rugby as they dominated possession. Wessex on the other hand were wasteful with the possession they did acquire, often kicking the ball away needlessly.Honiton made a few errors in the opening quarter and so kept the game equal, However, they were not to be denied the opening score. With the dominant scrummage as the platform the forwards carried deep into the left hand side of the 22. Locke, who had a good game in the loose, trundled towards the posts to set another ruck and Hannay found Barrett from the next phase. Barrett crossed the whitewash for his first 1st XV try. The conversion was missed but Honiton continued to press. It was in pressing that they conceded a try. As the ball moved down the left hand touch line it was intercepted and the Wessex winger showed a clean pair of heels to the chasing defence to cross under the posts for a seven pointer. That was how it stayed until half time. Captain Rice reminded the troops that, although they faced the slope in the second half, they had played all the rugby thus far. Honiton cut out the mistakes in the final period and out scored their opponents by three tries to nil. A shortened lineout provided Locke with room to run at the visitors' centres and unsurprisingly he made yards, this time towards the left hand side. Wilson carried up the left again before the ball was spun wide. Pellens crucially popped out of the tackle to provide a gap for Man of the Match Hannay. He offloaded to Guilbert who put Garmen in at the right corner. It was a quality team try and, although Nex missed the conversion, he struck a three pointer moments later to extend the home side's lead.Wessex hit back with a penalty of their own, and the scores remained at 13-10 until the last 10 minutes. Wessex had to force the game more than they would have liked, and a fumble in their own 22 allowed Barrett to collect and sprint clear to score his second of the game. Nex converted to put Honiton well clear. The score installed a degree of confidence and Honiton ran the kick off immediately with Webber breaking well before being hauled into touch. Play transcended into the Wessex half and Honiton won a lineout before mauling in field. Nex had a multitude of runners to pick in the midfield and selected Hannay who evaded two or three tackles to cross to the right of the posts. It was a good return to form for the Lacemen, but they will need to improve again for next weekend as they entertain league leaders Teignmouth on the Saturday, and the Sunday sees Honiton return to the Devon Junior Cup against OPMs in Plymouth. Just in case you are not familiar with the Devon Junior Cup, the last three times Honiton entered, they won it.

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