Honiton 2nds impress as Torquay are toppled

PUBLISHED: 12:35 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 07 December 2017

Honiton 2nds at home to Sidmouth. Ref mhsp 48 17TI 3822. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to Sidmouth. Ref mhsp 48 17TI 3822. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton 2nds defied the odds to record a splendid 40-17 win over Torquay Tics.

What made the success all the more impressive was that, on the morning of the game, the club were struggling to field a XV, but after social media ‘appeals’ and phone calls aplenty, a number of additional players were found to make sure the game went ahead.

The pitch, which has taken a battering over the last few weeks, was sticky, and, with Honiton playing down the slope, were very much under the cosh from the off and against a very strong and organised opposition who scored two early tries to move into a 12-0 lead.

The Lacemen dug deep and were soon on the score sheet themselves when, after good work from the backs, Sam Collins was able to run around the outside to score. The try proved to be the final score of the half and the teams trooped off at the break with Torquay 12-5 up.

Faced with playing up the slope, Honiton made a bright start to the second half as some of the visitors ‘old guard’ tired and the Lacemen took full advantage, running in three tries, scored by Steven Trenchard, Louis Grant and Dominic Hawke.

Young Sam Heathcote added two conversions to the tally before a good set of pick-and-goes gave space for Robin Bennett to cross for the fifth home try.

Heathcote was next to get in and his try came from a superb 40-yard run. Torquay continued to play their part in an entertaining contest and they scored a third try.

However, it was a buoyant Lacemen who rounded off the scoring with Grant fending off a number of attempted tackles before crossing and Tom Churchward arrowed the conversion between the posts to complete the scoring.

This was a great game played in good sprit by both sides. Special mention should be made of those who answered the ‘11th hour’ call to help the team field a full XV.

In terms of individual performances, Will Lancaster, Robin Bennett and Matt Broom all had good games, but in honour of what was a superb all-round display, the Man of the Match award went to the whole team.


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