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1st XV - Match centre

Honiton
Withycombe
W Goulden, B Kidson
Full time
R Hamilton, N Williams, R Griffin
O Cave (2)
J Pugsley, J Pugsley
O Cave (3)
J Pugsley
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute Cornwall Devon Attendance 101

Five out of Five for the lacemen

Honiton come out on top after slog in the gloom

--Honiton v Withcombe

Saturday saw Honiton trying to defend their unbeaten run for this season and this week it was perhaps their sternest test as they took on near neighbours Withcombe. The seasiders are one of the leagues more consistant sides and over recent years Honiton have always come off second best and have been often out classed so this encounter was to be a stern test of their resolve and characture.

Honiton elected to play up the field in the first half and were for the first 15 minutes very much under the cosh as Withycome came out of the blocks fighting and they were in no mood to pay any attention to the seasons form book. Credit where credit was due Honiton defended well but the visitors were first on the score sheet with a well struch penalty. Honiton were patient and got into the game and after a good passage of play it was skipper Will Goulden (Sponserd by Cool heat) who crashed over for the first score and Ollie Cave (sponsered by Robert Tyers Plumming )converted. Back bounced Withy with converted try and with mounted pres ure they scored again to take then two score out but this game in the first half was a ding dong affair and almost straight after the restart Honiton reacted well and Ben Kidson dotted down out wide. Right from the touch line Cave knocked over a sublime conversion to pull Honiton back in it at 14-17 behind. Withcombe kept up the pressure and again scored their third try of the game out wide, the conversion was missed and as the half drew to a close Cave knocked over a penatly and at the half way stage Honiton were 22-17 down with it all to do in the second half. To be fair Honiton felt they should have had a penalty try awared and coach Nathan Hannay was positive he’d got the ball down from close range pick and drive but at this level there are no replays for the ref to review so it wasn’t given.

With the Lacemen now playing with the slope there was a clear believe they could over turn the 5 point deficit but with the rain starting to come the second half got scrappy and it became a bit of a slog for both sides. Honiton kicked an early penatly to get with three and really it was all about holding ones nerve. Withycome had two plays binned in the second half and were down to thirteen for about 5 minutes. Cave broke the deadlock by kicking a second penalty on the 68 minute mark and Honiton this score meant they were ahead for the first time in the game and the final ten minutes were nerve racking for both sets of supporters especially as the visitors had a missed shot at goal with minutes on the clock to go. Honiton hung in there and the whistle went it was the Lacemen who had come out on top by the narrowest of margins of 23-22.

To be fair it was a good close game enjoyed by a healthy number of supporters and this despite the weather. Honiton could argue they should have had a couple of scores awarded in the first half but a narrow Honiton win was probally the correct result to a nutural. Honiton to a man were committed to the cause and they are now playing very much like a unit, there was some great individual performances as usual but it was number ten Adam Thompson (sponsered by Priory Paving) who was named as the Lacemens man of the match.

Next week it’s another home game against Lanner who are also going well this season.

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Jack Pugsley kicks a penalty for Withycombe
10:00
Try William Goulden scores for Honiton
11:00
Conversion Ollie Cave kicks a conversion for Honiton
13:00
Try Ryan Hamilton scores for Withycombe
14:00
Conversion Jack Pugsley kicks a conversion for Withycombe
21:00
Try Neil Williams scores for Withycombe
22:00
Conversion Jack Pugsley kicks a conversion for Withycombe
26:00
Try Ben Kidson scores for Honiton
27:00
Conversion Ollie Cave kicks a conversion for Honiton
33:00
Try Rob Griffin scores for Withycombe
36:00
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
45:00
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
68:00
Penalty Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton

Highlights

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79:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Hamilton is yellow carded for Withycombe
78:00 Yellow Card
Dave Richards is yellow carded for Withycombe
68:00 Penalty 23 - 22
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
45:00 Penalty 20 - 22
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
End of period 1
36:00 Penalty 17 - 22
Ollie Cave kicks a penalty for Honiton
33:00 Try 14 - 22
Rob Griffin scores for Withycombe
31:00 Sub On
Dominic Hawke is substituted on for Honiton
31:00 Sub Off
Ollie Hyland is substituted off for Honiton
27:00 Conversion 14 - 17
Ollie Cave kicks a conversion for Honiton
26:00 Try 12 - 17
Ben Kidson scores for Honiton
22:00 Conversion 7 - 17
Jack Pugsley kicks a conversion for Withycombe
21:00 Try 7 - 15
Neil Williams scores for Withycombe
14:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Jack Pugsley kicks a conversion for Withycombe
13:00 Try 7 - 8
Ryan Hamilton scores for Withycombe
11:00 Conversion 7 - 3
Ollie Cave kicks a conversion for Honiton
10:00 Try 5 - 3
William Goulden scores for Honiton
6:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Jack Pugsley kicks a penalty for Withycombe
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Honiton
  • Withycombe
  • 0
  • Jack Pugsley Penalty 6:00'
  • William Goulden Try 10:00'
  • Ollie Cave Conversion 11:00'
  • Ryan Hamilton Try 13:00'
  • Jack Pugsley Conversion 14:00'
  • Neil Williams Try 21:00'
  • Jack Pugsley Conversion 22:00'
  • Ben Kidson Try 26:00'
  • Ollie Cave Conversion 27:00'
  • Dominic Hawke Sub On 31:00'
  • Ollie Hyland Sub Off 31:00'
  • Rob Griffin Try 33:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 36:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 45:00'
  • Ollie Cave Penalty 68:00'
  • Dave Richards Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Ryan Hamilton Yellow Card 79:00'

Team selection

Webber, Ben Webber, Ben
Oaten, Ross Oaten, Ross
Cave, Ollie Cave, Ollie
Hyland, Ollie Hyland, Ollie
Kidson, Ben Kidson, Ben
Thompson, Adam Thompson, Adam
Cooke, Phil Cooke, Phil
Wright, Harry L Wright, Harry L
Rice, Josh Rice, Josh
Proctor, Jack Proctor, Jack
Coffey, Sam Coffey, Sam
Hannay, Nathan Hannay, Nathan
Irish, Tom Irish, Tom
Price, Robert Price, Robert
Goulden, William Goulden, William
Withycombe
  • 1. Andrew Dudley
  • 2. Dave Richards
  • 3. Liam Cullen
  • 4. Rob Griffin
  • 5. Ryan Hamilton
  • 6. Toby Papp
  • 7. Neil Williams
  • 8. Alex Taylor
  • 9. Connor Parnell
  • 10. Joseph Satt
  • 11. Carl Saunders
  • 12. Adan Morris
  • 13. Jack Pugsley
  • 14. Rob Hayes
  • 15. Glenn Channing
  • 16. Phil Sluman
  • 17. Connor O'Shaughnessy
  • 18. Scott Andrew

League round up

Other Tribute Cornwall Devon results

Lanner
29
3
Hayle
11
0
Bude
Pirates Amateurs
22
14
Plymstock Albion Oaks
57
11

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Saltash 6 25
2. Penryn 6 25
3. Honiton 6 24
4. Wellington 6 22
5. Lanner 6 19
6. Withycombe 6 19
7. Bude 6 15

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