Victory over Devonport Services
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:51 16 June 2010
Strong sun soon melted the frost which had put the 2nd XV s home match against Devonport Services in doubt.
Strong sun soon melted the frost which had put the 2nd XV's home match against Devonport Services in doubt.
The guests had been very strong in the earlier fixture at their ground and it was their scrums that did the damage that day. With this in mind Honiton had picked what could only be described as a very heavy and lumpy front five to combat this threat and were more than a little annoyed when the visitors felt they would have to evoke the "uncontested" scrum rule right from the word go which nullified what would have been Honiton's advantage.
Having said that, Honiton got on with it and were quickly on the scoresheet when good work from Dan Evans released Dave Wellington, who touched down up in the top left hand corner. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, Evans then had to leave the field having sustained a knee injury.
Honiton continued the pressure and added to this first try when influential Lyndon Jones crashed over following some strong running from Wilson and Pellens. Honiton rarely looked in trouble and with Jonny Selway scoring just before the break Honiton had the game in hand.
Playing down the park in the second half Honiton coughed and spluttered a bit and didn't ram home the advantage as much as they should have and it was Services who opened up the scoring with a converted try. Though Honiton didn't seriously dominate, they never looked in trouble and Jonny Selway sold a neat dummy to touch down under the posts for McGrath to add the extras.
Honiton were comfortable winners by 22-7 and on the whole it was a good team performance with Lyndon Jones the pick of the bunch in a good home win.
Honiton COLTS travelled to Creddy knowing they would face a tough test, writes Jason Fahy.
They were not disappointed. With conditions heavy underfoot Honiton defended resolutely as the home side were quick out of the traps and pinned the Laceman for the opening quarter of an hour. Well organised and workmanlike defence saw the visitors contain their hosts and then, through skipper Rice, turn defence into attack and score a try through Norman, converted by Meadows. Rice, fielding the ball deep into his own half, chipped the defensive line gathered his own kick and beat several Crediton players with a typical mazy run before off-loading to the supporting Norman who ran in from 25 yards unopposed. Crediton rallied and were rewarded with a penalty just before the half-time whistle to turn round 3-7. Honiton felt they should have been a further try ahead when centre Hyland was harshly judged to have knocked on when grounding the ball.
The second half again saw conditions dictate play. However, Honiton were first to get points on the board with a second try from Man of the Match Norman. Meadows converted. This score seemed to rally the home side who were also energised when Honiton lost their influential prop Isaac Dalton through a knee injury. A rolling maul over some 20 yards saw Creddy close the gap with an unconverted try before Honiton shut up shop to close out the game 8-14 winners. l Honiton's delight grew when news came through of coach Nathan Hannay's debut try for Launceston first team.
l Honiton's fixture against local rivals Sidmouth, for the Dave Turner Cup, is the only Allhallows game next week and the boys would very much welcome your support in what promises to be a thrilling game from two evenly matched sides.