Mistakes punished in end to end Cully clash

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

P7660-10-08TI Hon v Cullumpton.
photo Terry Ife

P7660-10-08TI Hon v Cullumpton. photo Terry Ife

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Honiton lost a close encounter on Saturday afternoon against local rivals Cullompton at Allhallows.

Honiton lost a close encounter on Saturday afternoon against local rivals Cullompton at Allhallows. The 15-30 score in favour of the cherry-and-blacks was a generous one and did not truly reflect the competitiveness of the game. Although Honiton lost the toss they still played with the slope in the first half and veteran Bowley conducted affairs superbly from fly half in the opening quarter. He sent several deep kicks into Cullompton territory. The away side had a reasonable breeze against them and couldn't clear their lines. When the Cullompton full back mis-judged a Bowley chip Jason Hannay gathered and scored an unconverted try 20 yards left of the posts. It was then the visitors turned to attack and they did so with some promise and showed why they are second in the league and a game away from Twickenham in the National Cup. Honiton were strong in defence but the away side were more mobile and bound as a tight unit. Twice in 10 minutes they created space for their pacey number 11 and he weaved impressively down his left hand touch line to dot down for a first half brace. Both tries were unconverted and Honiton knew that their mistakes would be punished. The home side rallied immediately and some excellent forward play provided Locke with a one-on-one situation. He over powered his opposite man to cross in the left hand corner. Guilbert was successful with the touch line conversion to put Honiton into the lead. Canning crossed for the visitors before half time, following a blindside move from a scrummage, but again he could not convert as the teams went in a 12-15. The Lacemen started the second period brightly and camped in the bottom half of the field. A five-yard scrummage came to nothing as the full back plucked the ball from Bralsford's feet. His offside position was missed, which essentially let Cullompton off the hook. It was a shame because the referee had an excellent game in the middle. Honiton continued to press and Guilbert converted a penalty from 10 yards out after an offside decision. However, Cullompton were not finished and came back at Honiton as they did in the first half. The Cullompton 11 was released up the left hand channel but was stopped. Honiton were rushing up sufficiently quickly in defence to offset the visitors. It was not until the influential Cullompton number seven chipped through, that they beat the home side. He won the race to the bounce and although he was tackled, his momentum bounced his frame across the line. Canning converted for the visitors and Honiton needed a converted score to level the game. Bowley, Selway and Garmen left the action for Pallems, Galling, and Spence respectively. Honiton put together some good patterns but couldn't break down their opponents.Cullompton eventually cleared and, from the last play of the game, a cross field kick bounced kindly for the visiting full back and, although he was tackled, he offloaded off the deck to his oncoming support runner who crossed unopposed for another converted score. Honiton lost, but played well and the supporters applauded the commitment of the home side. Honiton travel to Wessex next week.

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