No escaping relegation worry

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

Honiton travelled to Wellington on Saturday afternoon for a game they needed to win.

Honiton travelled to Wellington on Saturday afternoon for a game they needed to win. With Wellington on the same points as Honiton going in to the game, it was a must win match for both sides. Neither team could afford to lose, and it ended in a draw! The 8-8 result left both sides with the chance to avoid relegation firmly in their own hands. With the wind going up the hill Honiton elected to kick off down the slight slope. The whole game was very stop start as basic errors from both sides stopped any chance of a rhythm. Honiton's phase play was strong in the main and, for once, it was defence that let them down. Some poor kicking from Honiton allowed the home side's robust full back to break the line on more than one occasion. This provided his team with several quality platforms deep in Honiton territory. However, they failed to break Honiton's last gasp tackles and left with just three points.It was Honiton's turn to exert pressure and they were provided with a magnificent chance to score when a Barry Locke break off Bowley opened up the space. With Summers outside, Honiton looked certain to score but, before Locke could offload, he was hauled down and the chance was lost. The good news was that it was not long before the away side crossed the whitewash. A Honiton line-out on the Wellington 22 developed into a maul which Woolacott navigated to the line, Harrison coming up with the ball. Guilbert missed the conversion but the Lacemen had taken the lead. Soon afterwards the half time whistle blew and Honiton knew it was just a case of keeping the error count down and kicking sensibly. Honiton created several chances in the second half, and should have wrapped the game up on several occasions. The Wellington number ten seemed intent on punting the ball down field to Honiton's back three at every opportunity. Laughin, Pellens and Guilbert resisted the temptation to kick back and it paid dividends as the Honiton back row consistently made the breakdown first to secure the ball. Honiton made their way into the 22 and won a penalty. Guilbert knocked it over and Honiton led 8-3. Sampson and Jason Hannay both missed chances to give try scoring passes and the Lacemen failed to score with a five yard scrum. They were made to pay as Wellington scored with their only chance of the game as a ruck on the right opened space on the left for the outside centre to put the full back in space. He cut inside to dot down by the posts. Fortunately, the number 10 cracked and missed the pressure kick.The whistle went soon afterwards, as both sides live to see another day.l Honiton travel to Okehampton next week and desperately need to win.

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