Strong win now means 1 point to get from the last game!
59 zip as the Ton power over basement side.
What a difference a week makes, last week torrential rain, mud and an inability to catch a ball because of conditions to this weekend, where Allhallows was basking in glorious sunshine with sunglasses and shorts as the order of the day. For the Lacemen there was though, a serious matter of getting a win and not only that but also to win with the four try bonus point as well. Trying to prevent this from happening was basement side Tamar Saracens, who to be fair have had a pretty torrid season this year and they are already doomed for relegation what ever the result.
Despite an expected win for the Ton, the atmosphere was pretty tense around the ground and no one was counting their chickens at all. Honiton received the kick off punt and playing up the slope they quickly got into their stride and on the 5 minute mark after a good passage of play Kyle Blackmore opened the scoring with an unconverted try out wide. Honiton were then hampered with a early injury as Jake Smith left the field with a knee injury despite the upset it was really all Honiton at this stage and with the scrum being rock solid, the set piece situation was to be fair, really a demolished job every time the ball was put in. Honiton in their eagerness to score did make mistakes and instead of being patient with build ups, they were often guilty of trying to pull off passes that weren’t on and they were often frustrated by turn overs which were their own mistakes.
There was then a small break in proceedings as the ref was unfortunate enough to get in the way of a marauding Honiton forward and he was poleaxed for a few minutes how ever after he’d recovered The Lacemen broke the deadlock on the 20 minute mark when a five yard scrum. It was driven over the line by the big men up front and this allowed number 8 Josh Rice (sponsered by Ultim8 construction) to dot down on their behalf. This score settled the nerves and shortly after Blackmore got his second when the ball was put through the hands. Then joy to all watching, Ben Kidson scored the all important fourth try and that meant the bonus point was in the bag before the half time break.
Half time came and with Honiton 24-0 to the good and really the win was in the bag. With the use of the infamous Allhallows slope it was time to set about putting the visitors to the sword. Blackmore got his hatrick score after five minutes and again Cave converted. Maybe Honiton relaxed a bit but for twenty minutes the Plymouth side did put some passages of play together and despite not really getting anywhere they did retain the ball a fair bit and it looked like Honiton would be frustrated for the rest of the game but on the 25 minute mark Honiton produced try of the game when they swept down field and with good interplay they were just held up on the left side of the pitch but a quick switch across field allowed influential prop Will Goulden to canter in from 25 metres. From this point on the flood gates opened, Jonny House made a good break and scored a long range try from the ten metre line and this was quickly followed when Ollie Cave jinked his way to the line and then in the dying minutes Kidson got his brace of tries and with Cave slotting his 7th conversion this was in the end a one sided win for the Lacemen.
The final score was a 59-0 nine try white wash for the Lacemen and if honest it was expected but there was the concern before the game that they would not hold the nerve. Once again this result lifts them out of the relegation zone with just the one game to play which is after the Easter break and with just one point needed to secure their league status it will not be for the faint hearted.
Reflections on the game was that it was a good job done by Pricey and his men and in parts they looked very good and all said and done you have to work hard to score 59 points but to be realistic, the opposition were weak in some departments and where Honiton made mistakes, unlike this week I very much doubt the visiting Tavistock in two week time will be so obliging when handed the ball back and the next outing will be a much sterner test. Build ups must be patient and Honiton will have to be more clinical in their execution of their phase play.
So… make a date for the 22nd April for Honiton’s final game and as I’ve said it won’t be one for those of you with a nervous disposition and afterwards, their will be either tears of joy or a mass drowning of sorrows. Why not come down and watch the drama unfold.
As an aside
Devon v Cornwall (Tiverton 7.30 ko at Tiverton.)
Honiton Josh Rice is on the bench for Devon’s warm up encounter against Cornwall for the Tamar cup. This is always a stern test for Devon as Cornwall in the past few years have won County cup which is held at Twickenham at the end of May. With Devon promoted to Division one this season after last years showings this is a friendly trial game for the full fixture in early May. Josh joins his bother Ollie Rice in the squad along with other Honiton home grown players like Luke Kenny, Isaac Dalton and Jack Fahy. It would also have included Nathan Hannay as well but he has a finger injury but he is sure to feature in the full county games.
Good luck to all.