Hannay try double as Lacemen win well at Tavistock

PUBLISHED: 15:21 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 11 April 2018

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Honiton were 26-8 winners when they travelled to Tavistock for their latest Tribute Cornwall and Devon outing, writes Jerry Rice.

The Lacemen have now completed a treble of success this season over the Moorlanders as they also defeated them in the home fixture and also won narrowly in the semi-finals of the Intermediate cup.

With the main pitch at Tavistock too wet for action the contest was switched to one of the back pitches where conditions were still heavy and this was a factor in stifling flowing rugby for both sides.

The home side opened the scoring with a well-struck fifth minute penalty.

The Lacemen hit back with player-coach Nathan Hannay breaking through a defensive line to crash over from eight metres out.

The Ollie Cave conversion was slotted and Honiton led 7-3. In the 25th minute, following several pick-and-goes, Hannay again crossed the whitewash. Just before the break an unconverted try from the home side left Honiton holding a 12-8 half-time lead.

After the break, using the slope to their benefit, the Lacemen worked hard to retain possession and with a good backs move, full back Kyle Blackmore was released to run in for a long range score and Cave duly added the extras.

Honiton never really looked in trouble from then onwards and when Harry Wright was on the end of a good off-load for a try under the sticks, the bonus point win was secured.

This 26-8 victory was a tough win and Honiton definately didn’t have it all their own way, but they are now a side who have mastered the art of winning away from home the tight games.

There were some good performances from the Honiton side and the half back pairing of Philip Cook and Cave were mentioned in dispatches, but the Man of the Match award went to player-coach Nathan Hannay.

This result keeps the Lacemen comfortably in fourth place, but making little ground on the top three sides as they keep winning as well, and as this season’s results pan out, there has opened up a clear divide with the top four teams out in front and the rest scrapping for the ‘also ran’ league positions.

Honiton were also very grateful to their host as their ‘after game’ raffle raised £160 to go towards Honiton’s fire fund and once again demonstrated the good nature of the sport.

On Saturday (April 14), Honiton host Torrington on a day when the Lacemen hold their annual Vice President’s luncheon.

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