Wheels come off for Colts

PUBLISHED: 09:03 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:04 16 June 2010

The wheels came off Honiton Colts aspirations of a third place finish away to Barnstaple this week, writes Jason Fahy.

The wheels came off Honiton Colts' aspirations of a third place finish away to Barnstaple this week.

The hastily-arranged fixture followed the walkover awarded to the Lacemen after Exeter Saracens cried off, but these three points will be of little consolation to Honiton who had desires on all six available.

In truth, Honiton simply did not perform and lost to a better side on the day.

The visitors started brightly enough, returning the kick-off with interest after hooker Clements fielded the ball and sent it wide through the backs before the attack was halted in the Barum 22.

Several minutes of pressure resulted in an attacking scrum, which Honiton duly won and sent the ball wide for full-back Small to join the line at pace and beat two defenders to score out wide. Meadows' conversion kick went just wide.

Barnstaple responded well, but the referee had a big impact on the game. The home side were awarded several penalties and Honiton were lucky only to concede three points and end the half with noses in front at 3-5.

In truth several of the Honiton side failed to deliver this week and this was more apparent in the second-half where Barnstaple dominated. Two tries for the home-side came either side of a further Honiton score and from identical moves and Honiton's inability to defend the catch and drive.

Honiton's try followed the move of the match including some mesmerising handling from Norman and twice from Hyland before finding Wood who touched down out-wide.

Line-out throwing will be a focus of training this week along with the maul. The coaches praised the work of Aaron Spence after work on the scrum at least saw Honiton dominate this area of the game.

Dean Norman again claimed the Man of the Match award. His desire to win and consistency sets a benchmark his team-mates would do well to replicate.

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