Falmouth surrendered a half-time lead to lose 18-16 at home to Honiton on Saturday.

The Eagles led 13-8 and were well placed to pick up their third victory of the season, but a second-half revival from the newly promoted Devonians ensured victory.

Matt Horton opened the scoring for the Eagles with a penalty kick in the tenth minute at Alhallows, which had survived the threat of torrential rain the night before.

The difficult conditions underfoot caused an error-strewn game, and one such slip-up allowed Eagles centre Rory Pugh to break through and score on 20 minutes, with Horton adding the extras for a ten-point lead.

But Honiton hit back against the run of play when Adam Thompson ran in from distance to score an unconverted try out wide, with Ollie Cave's penalty making it 8-10, before Horton restored a five-point gap at the break with a late penalty.

The hosts were first to score in the second half when they won a penalty, with Cave kicking the Ton to within two points again.

But the pendulum swung back in favour of Falmouth when they earned a penalty for holding, with Horton duly obliging with the boot again for 16-11.

Honiton saw a couple of penalty kicks go wide as they tried to respond, but finally snatched the lead when Ben Small went over in the corner, with Cave converting from the touchline to give the hosts the lead late on, forcing Falmouth to settle for a losing bonus.

Falmouth: O Evans, T Job, R Pugh, C Penry, N Carne, M Horton, J Sullivan; A Searle, A Geach, D Burroughs, J Martin, T Whittle, P Garway-Templeman, T Spiller, T Simmons. Reps: A. Bullock, T. Vincent, S. Firth.