Strong Honiton seconds leave empty-handed

PUBLISHED: 13:21 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:30 16 June 2010

Honiton seconds made the short trip to Exeter Saracens on Saturday for their merit table match against another Devon and Cornwall league side.

Honiton seconds made the short trip to Exeter Saracens on Saturday for their merit table match against another Devon and Cornwall league side.

Unfortunately, despite fielding a strong side, they came away empty-handed, going down by 32-14 to a well drilled Sarries side who are currently second in the table.

Playing against a strong wind, Honiton struggled in the first period and really that was when all the damage was done.

Sarries took a quick tap penalty which Honiton failed to react to.

Lost ball on the 10-yard line gave possession to the home side and they took full advantage and scored again.

Honiton dug deep to get back into the game but a chip ahead into the strong wind resulted in the third try as the Sarries' player won the race to the touch- down.

Just before half time, a catch and drive from a line- out saw the home side score their fourth try and they turned round a comfortable 20 points to the good without really dominating all the play.

Honiton, with the use of the wind, did make a fist of things in the second period and did in fact win the second half by 14-12.

Adrian Wilson got both of Honiton's scores from short range and Dave McGrath rounded off a good individual game with two conversions.

Honiton did compete well but, in reality, Saracens were the more organised outfit and, without having it all their own way, they ran out comfortable winners on the day.

Honiton felt they didn't play all that badly but mistakes cost dear.

Man-of-the-Match for Honiton was young Dan Williams who put himself about and did well in the lineout.

This result leaves Honiton in mid-table and, given the strength of this league, they would feel happy with that position.

Under 14/15s: Big opposition does the damage:

Honiton took a mixed side up to North Petherton in Somerset for a hastily rearranged fixture. However, crossed wires meant the home side had several under-6s playing in their ranks.

This inevitably caused Honiton some problems given the size difference but, rather than not get a game at all, Honiton got on with it.

The final score was a 54-0 to the home side but the Honiton lads did make a fist of it and they put together some good passages of play in the second half.

Under-13s march on:

On a very wet and windy Sunday, Honiton's form side set off to play Teighmouth and, come full time, they had duly dished out a bit of a pasting to their hapless hosts and really it was one way traffic all game.

Number eight Richard Webber helped himself to a six-try haul and chucked in a conversion as well.

Conner Long got a brace of tries as did Man-of-the Match Usame Eigh, who scored the try of the match when he caught the ball in his own 22 and ran the length of the field to score.

Sean Summers got the other try and Ben Kidson kicked two conversions.

Once again, Honiton proved to be two strong for the opposition but they did produce another good team performance in difficult conditions.

Under-10s get down and dirty at Chard:

Honiton travelled to Chard and played their game in very wet, muddy conditions which were just perfect for kids' rugby!

To be fair, Honiton out- played Chard for the majority of the match and in the end they even had to lend them a couple of players to finish the game.

Honiton try scorers were: Ben Phillips 3, Jack Katene 3, James Turner 2, Joseph Gibbs 2 and Oliver Perez 1. Man-of-the-Match went to Joseph Gibbs for all his hard work.

Colts firing on three cylinders notch up a convincing win by Jason Fahy

Honiton posted their first league win of the season with a six-try haul against visitors Exeter Saracens. With the 1s and 2s both away this week, the Colts took full advantage of the clubhouse pitch, electing to play against the slope in the first half with the intention of keeping things tight.

Honiton's pack dominated from the outset, despite being considerably smaller than their opposite numbers, and were rewarded by an early try from 2nd row Adam Dawson, who burst through the splintered Sarries' defence from close quarters after a series of pick and goes. With the home pack providing decent ball, scrum-half Meadows and fly-half Gould were able to stretch play wide and enable the Lacemen a further three scores with a brace from Wood and one from Hyland. Meadows, hampered by a missing contact lens, converted one from four.

The early try-fest caused the Lacemen to take their foot off the gas and in reality waste the second half advantage of playing with the slope. As is sometimes the way when tries appear to come easy, everyone wants to score and ends up over-playing instead of doing the basics well. Consequently, Honiton struggled to find their first-half form and instead became involved in too many nigglely scuffles with the opposition, including conceding a soft penalty which Sarries converted.

This seemed to jolt the home side back into action. Dalton scored a trademark try, running in from 15 yards with what seemed like the entire visitors' pack hanging off him, and Wood completed a hat-trick finishing off a fine spell of play. Meadows, contacts in, converted one from two to see Honiton finish worthy winners by 34-3.

Dawson was named Man- of-the Match for his work at the breakdowns and ball carrying. Price and Clark continue their fine form in the back-row and it was a pleasure to see Down return with a second half cameo performance of big hits. Try machine Wood looked dangerous in attack, helped by the strong running and defence of Hyland inside him.

By Jeremy Rice

Honiton rugby

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