Blackmore makes impressive return from injury as Honiton 2nds see off Wyvern
PUBLISHED: 12:14 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 27 November 2018
Honiton 2nd XV were 28-19 winners when they hosted Wyvern 1st XV.
On the morning of the match, Honiton had no fewer than eight of the 22 players named for the match drop out and so, not for the first time this season, the Honiton colts helped out in terms of making sure a full side was fielded.
Wyvern had similar woes and arrived with 13 players and so two home players – last season’s Honiton 2nds skipper James Foot and Honiton colt Aaron Bowker – helped make sure both teams fielded full complements.
Honiton began well and took an early lead with a move launched by young Ben Deam, making his senior debut. Also involved in the move were skipper Ben Welch and Kyle Blackmore, who was outstanding throughout, prior to Dom Lovesey crossing for the opening try, one he converted himself to give the Lacemen a 7-0 lead. Parity was restored when Wyvern scored a converted try and the remainder of the first half produced no further scores; something of a surprise given the quality of play from both teams.
In the second half, home skipper Ben Welch swapped places with Foot to play for Wyvern in the second half and it was Welch who broke the home line to cross for a converted try to see the visitors into a 14-7 lead.
It was stand-in skipper Phil Bird, together with Tom Churchward and Robin Bennett, who helped craft a try for Louie Lane that was converted by Lovesy to level things up at 14-all.
Young Deam got on the end of a fine move that saw contributions from Jon Hannay, Michael Knuckey, Blackmore and Lovesy and the latter tucked away the conversion to make the score 21-14.
Wyvern hit back with their third try to close to within two points of the home side. However, the Honiton win was confirmed when Chris Sampson rolled back the years with a superb run, dummying the opposition twice and diving over for the final try the game!
The Lovesey conversion was again good and that completed the scoring. Much praise must go to the Honiton Colts who confidently stepped into the breach, with young Lovesey in outstanding form. Welch, Bird and Lane all had fine games, but the Honiton Man of the Match award went to full-back Kyle Blackmore, making a slick return to action after missing all the season to date through injury.