Honiton win ‘slog in the mud’ to see off Plymouth Albion Oakes

PUBLISHED: 19:48 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:48 13 November 2017

Action from the Honiton 1st XV victory over Plymstock Albion Oaks

Action from the Honiton 1st XV victory over Plymstock Albion Oaks

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In very tricky conditions, Honiton entertained mid-table Plymouth-based Albion Oakes on Saturday. Persistent rain during the morning meant any hope of free-flowing rugby was lost and it was always going to be a hard slog in the mud for both sides, writes Jerry Rice.

Action from the Honiton 1st XV victory over Plymstock Albion OaksAction from the Honiton 1st XV victory over Plymstock Albion Oaks

Skipper Will Goulden won the toss and opted to play up the Allhallows slope and really it was a defensive battle for the half with the Oakes having the ball for large passages of play. Honiton broke out and were awarded a penalty which Ollie Cave converted well for the first score.

It was back to defending again, but a similar situation saw Cave add another penalty and Honiton finished the half six points to the good having spent most of it in defensive mode.

In the second half, Cave quickly added another penalty, but the visitors pressured and scored an unconverted try out wide to get back into the game.

The Lacemen, though, started to turn the screw and with the set scrum clearly going in their favour they started to dominated.

Cracks started to appear in the Plymothians’ defence. Cheesy Hyland crashed through the defence for a great try.

Then, with tails up, another attack saw Jonnie Selway slip through a gap for Honiton’s second and really the win was assured as Cave converted for a 100 per cent kick performance on the day.

The Oakes’ resolve was broken and Honiton’s pack crushed them back over their own line from a set piece and the big men were rewarded a penalty try. Unfortunately, despite pressing again, Honiton were unable to get the bonus point fourth try, but ran out convincing winners by 30-5.

This was a good performance in testing conditions and Honiton had to grind down what was a strong opposition.

Honiton’s defence was good throughout and the win was founded on it, especially in the first half when they had little ball.

There were several good performances from the usual senior players and Groves and Pricey were mentioned in dispatches, but new boy Elliot Davis-Perrett was named the Man of the Match award winner for his hard work from the row.

This Saturday (November 18), it’s a break from league action as Honiton travel to Tavistock to play in the semi-finals of the Devon Intermediate cup.

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