Struggled against fit moorlanders

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

Honiton lost 38-8 at Okehampton on Saturday and dropped into the relegation zone as a result. With Wellington winning at Wessex, the Lacemen face a tough six games as the season draws to a close.

Honiton lost 38-8 at Okehampton on Saturday and dropped into the relegation zone as a result. With Wellington winning at Wessex, the Lacemen face a tough six games as the season draws to a close. It was an ideal day for rugby up on the moor but Honiton were simply out-run for large periods of the game as the home side's superior fitness came into play. Honiton elected to play down the slope in the first half and were quickly under the cosh as Okehampton slung it wide early to their pacemen out wide, particularly to the rather robust number 14. Honiton did well to stop most early attacks but, when a scrum on the left hand side was awarded to Okehampton, a first phase move created space for the number seven in the right corner. With the score at 5-0 it was then Honiton's turn to apply the pressure and some good phase play took the game into the home side's 22. It was clear to see that Honiton were trying to play the game as best they could and threw everything at the home side, but a turnover developed into an Okehampton attack, and the number 11 scored under the posts. It was desperately unlucky for the Lacemen, and it was worse before half time. Honiton mis-judged several kick- offs and the resulting set plays allowed Okehampton to dominate territory. They scored once more from close range and, with their kicker in form, extended their lead to 19 points. Honiton's only riposte was a Guilbert penalty under the posts, to take the score to 19-3 at half time.The Lacemen threw the kitchen sink at the game after half time, and at times it was desperate stuff. The commitment could not be faulted but the Okehampton resistance was strong, and it was not until Okehampton gave away a penalty that Honiton were able to make any real progress. Having nudged the ball into the corner, the Lacemen mauled their way to the line. Nathan Hannay came up with the ball, and the away side were on the up.However, Okehampton came back at the Lacemen and Honiton simply could defend sufficiently well. The moorlanders ground down the men in the amber hoops and scored soon after the re-start. Honiton maintained their fair share of possession but could not break through. The home side went on to score several more tries before the final whistle, and leave Honiton looking the worse for wear. They face Bideford at home next week. Please come down and cheer the boys on.

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