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1st XV - Match centre

Honiton
Wellington
O Cave (3)
Full time
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Cornwall Devon

Eddie the Otter's influence sees the Lacemen home.

Honiton win in the final play of the game

Match report
Honiton kicked of their 2017-8 campaign on Saturday in front of a healthy crowd down at Allhallows. Conditions were perfect and with a lot of work being done by the grounds men during the summer the pitch was in perfect condition.
The visitors for the opening game were near neighbours Wellington who were relegated last season from the league above and to be honest despite being just over the hill in Somerset, Honiton knew little about them as they haven’t played each other n any form for several years.
There was a minutes silence observed by all present for long serving club member Eddie “the Otter” Marks who had recently passed away after a fall that he never recovered from and it was a fitting tribute to someone who had actively supported the club since the mid seventies. His funeral is on Friday at St Pauls church at 1.30pm and there is a “wake” at the club from 2.15pm.
Honiton lost the toss and were asked to use the slope in the first half and they started brightly but right from the off it was clear this would be a close encounter as the Wellington defence stood firm. Ollie Cave (sponsored by Rob Tryes Plumbing ltd ) put Honiton’s first points on the board on the six minute mark with a well struck penalty from the ten metre line.
It was a physical encounter and Honiton’s number eight Josh Rice (sponsored by Ultim8 construction)and the Wellington number 7 were involved in a scuffle and as a result both were sin binned which did seem a little harsh as it was in rugby terms, just a “bit of handbags”.
Wellington got back on even par when an off side decision saw the visitors fullback levelled the score. Back game Honiton with another penalty and Cave added to that with a second and Honiton went 9-3 up. Then Honiton fortuitously had a clear advantage, as the Wellington number 7 back on the field was again penalised for a for not releasing and despite it being a yellow card for persistent offending it turned into a Red card as it was his second offence. There was no messing with the referee and both sides were on edge from then on. Honiton battered the Wellington line in the last ten minutes of the half and they should have scored and maybe a few wide balls rather than route one approach should have been the option.
Wellington were having a bad day with the ref as on the stroke of half time they lost another man to the bin for decent and they started the second half with13 men on the park. Despite this they rallied well and went form being under the cosh to dominating procedures and they scored a try out wide to get back to with in one point. Honiton then lost the impressive Ben Small to the “yellow card” trigger happy ref and during this 10 minutes Wellington scored again with a neat cross field kick which the winger caught and dotted down, the conversion was successful and Wellington were 15-9 ahead and with their tails up. Honiton dug deep and went back to being patient with their build ups and Honiton made inroads but to all watching it looked like Honiton were facing the usual first game loss but with seconds on the clock left a pick and drive saw Player Coach Nathan Hannay barge over from close range and after a long deliberation the ref awarded the try and this meant Cave had the conversion attempt for a heart stopping win or lose result. He calmly slotted and Allhallows celebrated having played their get out of jail card and just maybe “Eddie the Otter” had something to do with it as well and this win was a fitting send off.
Wellington contributed well through out and will undoubtedly feel unlucky as they felt they had done enough to win the game and they had of course played 50 minutes of the game with 14 men on the park and they look a strong outfit. For Honiton discipline was very good in the first half and there were also some very good passages of play but there was a lack of width in attack and I’m sure they could have made more of a wide game than they did if they’d released the ball more often. Still it was a win and with more actual match practice, things will get better. There were several good performances from the Honiton ranks but the man of the match award went to Ben Small (not sponsored) who has made an impressive come back to playing after a two season absence.
Next week it’s away trip to newly promoted Wessex who play at the flowerpot fields in Exeter.

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
19:00
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
29:00
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton

Highlights

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35:00 Sub On
Ben Small is substituted on for Honiton
35:00 Sub Off
Robert Garland is substituted off for Honiton
20:00 Sub On
Nick Guilbert is substituted on for Honiton
20:00 Sub On
Jack Proctor is substituted on for Honiton
20:00 Sub On
Tom Irish is substituted on for Honiton
20:00 Sub Off
Ben Small is substituted off for Honiton
20:00 Sub Off
Sam Coffey is substituted off for Honiton
20:00 Sub Off
Ben Willis is substituted off for Honiton
9:00 Yellow Card
Ben Small is yellow carded for Honiton
1:00 Sub On
Ben Willis is substituted on for Honiton
1:00 Sub Off
Tom Irish is substituted off for Honiton
1:00 Sub Off
Nick Guilbert is substituted off for Honiton
1:00 Sub On
Sam Coffey is substituted on for Honiton
End of period 1
29:00 Penalty 14 - 0
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
19:00 Penalty 11 - 0
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
15:00 Yellow Card
Josh Rice is yellow carded for Honiton
6:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
6:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Honiton
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Honiton
  • Wellington
  • 0
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 6:00'
  • Penalty Try 6:00'
  • Josh Rice Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 19:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 29:00'
  • Sam Coffey Sub On 1:00'
  • Ben Willis Sub On 1:00'
  • Nick Guilbert Sub Off 1:00'
  • Tom Irish Sub Off 1:00'
  • Ben Small Yellow Card 9:00'
  • Jack Proctor Sub On 20:00'
  • Nick Guilbert Sub On 20:00'
  • Tom Irish Sub On 20:00'
  • Ben Small Sub Off 20:00'
  • Sam Coffey Sub Off 20:00'
  • Ben Willis Sub Off 20:00'
  • Robert Garland Sub Off 35:00'
  • Ben Small Sub On 35:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Saltash 14 62
2. Wellington 14 60
3. Penryn 14 59
4. Honiton 14 54
5. Bude 14 43
6. Lanner 14 35
7. Withycombe 14 33

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