Lovesy stars as Honiton 2nds go down fighting at Exeter Engineers
PUBLISHED: 11:39 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:39 03 October 2018
Honiton 2nd XV went down 34-29 on their visit to meet Exeter Engineers, a University XV.
The students made a strong start and scored two well-worked tries to lead 15-0 inside 10 minutes.
The Lacemen rallied and, led by the influential Ben Welch, were back in the contest thanks to a Steve Trenchard try.
From the restart, Honiton applied more pressure and, with Phil Bird back from injury, the pack were in fighting form, winning scrum after scrum. When Honiton won a penalty they used the ball well and it was no more than they deserved when Elliott Perett broke the line to cross and a Lovesy conversion closed the gap in the score to one of 15-14.
Honiton’s task grew harder when Jack Proctor had to go off to Accident and Emergency with a knee injury with Sam Olive slotting into the flanker role.
Two more tries for the students gave them a 29-14 interval lead. However, clearly refreshed after the break, Honiton began with real purpose and, after some terrific forward work, a penalty was rifled over by Lovesy. With 20 minutes remaining, Cooke, Lovesy and Bennett combined well only to be held up just short of the line, but the ever-aware Austin Elliott picked up the loose ball to score, Lovesy converted and Honiton were on the front foot! They spent the next few minutes camped on the students’ five-metre line before conceding a silly penalty which was to lead to another score for the home side.
Honiton regrouped and went again and, with yet another penalty gained from the Honiton pack, Rhys McGrath crashed over for the final score of the game.
Seventeen-year-old Dom Lovesy, who impressed throughout, was named the Honiton Man of the Match.