Jake Smith scores 21 points as Honiton once again score a half century
PUBLISHED: 09:25 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 22 November 2018
Honiton chalked up another half century of points as they powered to secure a 53-12 win at Plymouth Argaum, writes Jerry Rice.
The Lacemen were forced to make more last-minute changes and travelled in the knowledge that they have already lost three away games this league campaign.
The opening five minutes were used by the Lacemen to stamp their authority with some aggressive drives, and, with good retention work, they quickly moved up the field and Robert Price crashed over the line for the first score.
Jake Smith, on kicking duties for the day, missed his first conversion attempt of the match, but the Lacemen were soon back on the score sheet when the quick-thinking Jonny House crossed. Honiton added to their score with a Smith penalty, awarded after a deliberate handing offence in the ruck with the perpetrator fortunate not to be carded as a try was clearly prevented by foul play.
The next try came after Harry Wright broke blind from the base of the scrum and, with House taking the home defence the other way, Wright was able to canter in from 30 metres and the Smith conversion was good.
The domination continued and, just before the break, good link-up play between James Coutes and Phil Cooke released the ball to Smith who crossed out wide for a good team try.
That was the final score of the first half and Honiton trooped off at the break with a 34-0 lead.
An early second half try from Price, this one created by good work from makeshift second rower, Andy Easton, was followed by another Smith conversion.
Injuries then forced the Lacemen into a number of changes and this clearly disrupted the flow of their game.
Some uncharacteristic defensive mistakes were punished by the hosts, but, after seeing their hopes of a clean sheet success ended, Honiton were back on the front foot and, following good play from his fellow backs, Will Tyers dotted down.
The next score came after a deft kick behind the defence from Alex Brooks which found Jake Smith in space and he gathered well to cross the whitewash.
The home side battled on and did bag a second try in the closing stages, but the Lacemen were emphatic winners at full-time.
A big plus on the day for the Lacemen was the way in which they began the contest, swiftly onto the front foot with an aggressive style that did not allow the home side to settle!
There was some good performances, especially from the back row of Groves Wright and Rice and it was good to see him back in action after his six-week lay-off.
A big round of thanks must go to Tom Churchward, who stepped in to cover a last-minute drop-out and also to the veteran that is Dave Wellington, who had to dig his boots out just 30 minuets before the team departed East Devon!
The Man of the Match award went to the most deserving Jake Smith, who had a good game; he was also the stand-in kicker for the day and he did well with the duties and managed to amasse 21 of the Honiton points.
On Saturday (November 24) the Honiton unbeaten season-long record will face arguably its biggest test to date, for the visitors are runway table-toppers Plymouth Old Public Oak in a contest that promises so much!