'A' Team - Report
|Bury Broncos 'A'||18||vs||36||Hope Valley Hawks|
Hawks swoop to Friendly win
Bury Broncos A team suffered their first home defeat of the season as they were defeated by a Hope Valley Hawks side who are Midlands champions.
The Hawks raced into an early lead with three tries in the opening quarter from Shires (2) and Spencer as the Broncos struggled to cope in defence following the early sin-binning of Full Back Paul Murphy. Hope Valley broke the Bury line and Murphy was left with no choice but to trip the onrushing Hawks player to prevent an early score, but that short term gain provided the Hawks a lead which Bury could never claw back.
Murphy and Second Rower Chris Seymour both hit back with a try apiece thanks to some ill-discipline from the Hawks. Stand-Off Matthew Hindley converted one of the tries to bring the score to 18-10 although Bury's defence was constantly being exposed as Hope Valley used the slope of the pitch at Phillips Park to their advantage, with Brett Tharne-Loose soon touching down in the corner for the visitors.
Both sides were reduced to 12 men soon after. Broncos' Danny Holden lost his cool after being caught by a raised arm in a tackle. The Second Rower retaliated after a challenge from Hope Valley's Stand Off; who was also given his marching orders for his part in the brawl.
A further try from Wiseman saw Hope Valley extend their lead to go into the break with a 30-10 advantage; however Bury now had the slope of the pitch on their side in the second half.
Chris Radford got the scoring underway for Bury in the second half. The Hooker crossed just 2 minutes after the restart following some quick play the balls on the Hope Valley line.
The Hawks hit back with a try of their own from substitute Scott Buckler but it was the home side who rounded off the scoring. Richard West's towering bomb to the corner fell to Cormac McGivney on his debut. The Winger showed great awareness to get his fingertips on the ball and touch down before he was knocked into touch.
The Broncos second string are set to play again this weekend, with a noon kick off at Philips High.