Sidmouth 1st v Honiton 1st Home

SIDMOUTH 1st XV  29pts  v  HONITON 1st XV 8pts

The Chiefs regained the David Turner trophy, but with less ease than the score line would suggest against a very skilful and committed Honiton team. The Lacemen showed why they are heading for promotion from the Cornwall and Devon League, particularly in the second half when they had the Chiefs under pressure for long periods.

Sidmouth dominated the first quarter, playing at a pace and intensity Honiton struggled to copy with, to score 19 unanswered points. They opened the scoring after six minutes when Honiton failed to deal with a high kick and Sam Meadham finished off some good approach work by the forwards. Wade Cooper started and finished off a move which went out to the right wing before switching back left. Chris Higgs touched down on the end of a counterattack started by Sam Meadham from his own 22. Tom Whelan converted two of the tries.

Undaunted, Honiton had their best spell of the half to get themselves on the scoreboard with a well-taken try by right wing Ben Webber after a long period of pressure on the Sidmouth line. Late in the half, Chris Higgs scored with a classic outside break to make the score 24-5 at halftime.

Heavy rain made life difficult in the second half and Honiton coped with the conditions better to dominate territory for long periods. However, they failed to break down the well-organised Sidmouth defence and their only reward was a Glenn Channing penalty. In the closing minutes, the Chiefs scored a breakaway try when a James Powell kick was followed up and hacked on over the line for Sam Richardson to win the chase for an unconverted try to complete the scoring.