Honiton power to emphatic clean sheet win over Hayle

PUBLISHED: 18:51 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:42 26 September 2018

Honiton rugby. Ref mscsp 48 17TI 3845. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton rugby. Ref mscsp 48 17TI 3845. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton put struggling Hayle to the sword, beating the visiting Cornish side 62-0, writes Jerry Rice.

With a corporate lunch booked by one of the club sponsors, Jewson’s, there was a large crowd to witness the latest impressive show from the Lacemen, one that led to them bagging a fourth successive win at the start of a new Tribute Cornwall and Devon campaign.

With the visitors arriving late after traffic trouble on route, kick-off was put back 10m minutes.

The Lacemen were forced into a number of positional changes from their last outing (14 days before) and there was also a first team debut for Mike Boraston who replaced the injured Pricey at hooker.

Honiton elected to play up the hill in the first half and in very blustery and wet condition they were quickly in the driving seat with Ollie Cave twice crossing the whitewash inside the opening 10 minutes.

Player-coach Hannay got the next score after a slick move involving Josh Rice, back row partner Harry Wright and James Coutes, and Webber got his first conversion in what were difficult kicking conditions.

The scores kept coming and Hannay got his second from a catch and drive and a barge over. Webber converted and Honiton trooped off at the break with a 24-0.

In the second half, with the benefit of the slope, the Lacemen cut loose! Wright crossed first before Dominic Hawke cantered in for the second of the half from outside the twenty-two. Webber added the extras.

There was a five minute hold-up for an injured Hayle player to be treated, but once the game was back underway the home dominance continued.

Will Tyers ran in from 30 metres out for a converted try. Hannay got his hat-trick try after again forcing his way over under the posts. Johnny House got the next after a good Cave break and Will Tyers got his brace after a great break and feed from Alex Brooks.

With 10 minutes remaining and the rain continuing to teem down, all agreed to cut the game short and with a score line of 62-0 it was a demolition job done by the Lacemen!

Honiton now have maximum points from their first three outings and once again it was a great all-round team performance.

Ben Webber was awarded the Man of the Match award. Saturday (September 29) sees Honiton make the short trip to Withycombe where they will no doubt try to avenge their cup defeat at the end of last season.

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