Tough match against Barum
PUBLISHED: 12:16 30 November 2011
Honiton under-15s are accustomed to having it all their own way this season but this week they came unstuck against one of the age group’s tougher sides, Barnstaple. They went down by a close 17-24.
Despite the defeat, these are the sort of games they need to be playing rather than ones they win by ‘cricket’ as players learn much more in close games.
Honiton, whilst they had the fire power to compete, were undone by opponents who were very good at throwing the ball around. Half time and the Lacemen were 24-0 down! However, Honiton staged a real fight back and won the second half 17-0. Tries from Wez Keywood and Cody Northcott and two conversions and a penalty from the reliable boot of Harry Wright saw them right back in it .They also had two tries disallowed during the second half.
Honiton RFC U12s 19 , Cullompton U12s 5
Honiton had the upper hand for much of the game and went ahead with a well-orchestrated try from Ben Phillips.
Harry Todd took the opportunity to run down the wing to score Honiton's second.
The second half saw Joseph Gibbs score Honiton's third.
Conversions were by Tom Young and Ben Phillips. Cullompton came back and scored a great consolation try in the dying seconds of the game.
Honiton RFC U10s 0, Withycombe U10s 8
The newly expanded under-10s team took on the experienced and drilled Withycombe, Honiton showing courage and determination throughout.
The final score did not reflect some fine play with James Ashby nearly scoring twice after a couple of brilliant individual runs and an excellent effort from George Tomkins who was denied by the final whistle.
Maisie Harvey-Ingram also showed great tenacity and spirit, with player of the match going to Taylor Little for an untiring all round display.
Honiton RFC U9s 4, Withycombe U9s 8
This match was a hard-fought battle with excellent defending from the visitors, writes Ben Lee.
Honiton managed to get on the score sheet twice in the first half, thanks to Charlie and Finlay Keywood. The home team came out with passion and determination in the second half, with some fierce tackling. Finlay Keywood scored another with Kia Freestone making a good break to get over the line unfortunately to no avail.
Man of the Match went to Sam Steel for his consistent play over recent games.
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