Wessex U16s perform well in National Cup
Wessex Under 16 boys meet ABS (Croyde), Plymouth and New Forest in the 2nd round of the National Cup with a place in the quarter finals at stake.
Superb serving throughout the day proved to be instrumental in helping Wessex to three 2-0 wins. This was demonstrated in the first match against ABS where Joshua Honeybun and then Luke Honeybun (14) served Wessex into a 16-1 lead. Rowan Turner (15), Tom Nicholas (16) and Luke Honeybun had complete control of the passing unit which allowed Joshua Honeybun to control the game with his setting. Tom Nicholas dominated the net play and scored with several outstanding smashes. Dan Lakeman (14) and Kian Safaee (13) scored a couple of winners before Rhys Lambert (13) and Harry Midgley (12) made their debuts in a 25-8 win. The same pattern followed in the second set with Wessex even more on top. Safaee played well in defence while Nicholas and Honeybun hit winners. With Tommaso Kemp having broken both arms at school during the week Joshua Honeybun had to play in his first game as the sole setter. Not easy for any junior player let alone a 12 year old but he copied brilliantly. The set was won 25-4.
Next up were New Forest. Luke Honeybun in particular was serving really effectively and this helped Wessex into a big lead. Turner was playing consistently in all areas of the game while Lakeman, Lambert, Safaee and Midgley all made good contributions. 25-7 win. The second set saw Forest give Wessex a few more problems but it was much the same pattern in a 25-16 win.
Last game was against Plymouth who, although not as skilful were a tall powerful team. It needed good covering by Turner, Safaee and Luke Honeybun to keep the ball alive in the backcourt at times but with Lakeman hitting well on the right Wessex kept a lead. A run of missed serves put Wessex under a bit of pressure before strong blocking from Nicholas saw off the challenge. 25-13. Into the second set and captain Nicholas did well encouraging his team mates to produce one last bit of effort. Lambert helped with some good serves but the lead was increased with continued skilful play from Nicholas, Turner, Luke and Joshua Honeybun. Harry Midgley came back onto court to hit the winning smash. 25-15.
Wessex now go to Kettering on the 11th March for the quarter finals.