After a few weeks with no fixtures Honiton stepped in at the last minute having had another game cancelled. They fielded a competitive side with a strong pack bubt a few key players missing. Exmouth also had there County boys away on representative duty so an even game was expected. The Exmouth ranks were made up with a few boys from the Under 15 squad who were led by Joe Harris who put in a great performance at No 8.
Honiton got the game under way and Liam Squire fielded the kick and moved the ball wide quickly to Zac Mattin - strong running and quick offloads saw the Cockles break deep into the Honiton half. Squires and Mattin combined to put the ball up to the try line and Sam Warren used great footwork to control the ball over the line and touch down for the opening score. Sam Warren had a hand in the second score when he demonstrated his much improved handling and running lines to draw two defenders and put in the storming fullback Liam O Shaughnessy for an unopposed score. The third try quickly followed with another barnstroming run from power house centre Rabbie Hansford who ran hard all day. Not having had a look in so far Honiton dusted themselves down and showed the spirit they are reknown for - hitting hard with some strong close play with their forwards. Exmouth fly half then showed a brilliant bit of skill with a chip and chase deep into the Honiton 22 and collected his own kick for a clean run in and the fourth try.
Then a great day was marked by the return to playing action of one of the team's stalwarts Aiden Clark. Coming on just before half time he started as if he had never been away with a trade mark tackle and turnover. A special performance in many ways!
The second half started with Honiton fighting hard to get back in the game but another score for Exmouth, by Under 15 Jake James, who had an impressive back row game. Honiton then really showed their mettle and charged up the middle with more strong forward play - they scored twice and looked to get within 5 points but late replacement Ben Kirton Johnson turned over a ball deep in the Honiton half and powered over to put the game beyond doubt.
Some great rugby played in a competitive spirit between 2 good sides - a fitting way to see Aiden back to full fitness and to set the team up for the tour to Blackpool.