3 weeks ago
By Rob Davies
On a cold and wet day with a greasy ball to contend with,
Hereford can thank their pack and a sound defensive display for this, their second double of the season. The pack, out-weighted by the big Camp Hill forwards, more than held their own and the defensive display in the last 10 minutes, when Camp Hill threw everything into their last chance to get valuable league points, was outstanding. The Wyesiders looked to be in full control in the first half when they scored a brace of tries, but a soft try conceded just before half time meant their interval lead was just a single point. Some end to end stuff in the second half saw Hereford increase their lead with a third try. In the last few minutes Camp Hill dominated exchanges and it was only some great defence that held them out.
“I can only sum that game up as, a win’s a win” said Head Coach Sean Lynn. “We started off really strong, we played good territory going up the hill and we should have come away with more points first half, but then the thing that killed us was giving a penalty away just before half time. Camp Hill kicked to the corner and came away with a good score. They dug in, and in the second half their tails were up and any fifty fifty ball, they were on straight away. The last ten minutes were tough, we couldn’t get out of our 22, we conceded penalty after penalty and Tom Slater went into the sin-bin, but the boys showed good character, they defended really well and kept Camp Hill out. Full credit to the front five, also Tom Ewins who defended well and Richard Jones who was something else today.”
Camp Hill opened the scoring with a penalty after Hereford offended at the breakdown. Mid-way through the first half a seven minute spell saw Hereford register a brace of tries. Some good handling between James Stubbs, Leon Parsons and Ollie Hutcheson made ground, possession was retained and a quick penalty taken by Bryn Goodall was moved on by Ieaun Brown to Richard Jones who crashed over near the posts, Goodall added the extra points. A few minutes later some good lineout ball won by Gareth Jones was driven to the goal-line for Lewis Jordan to touch down. Camp Hill reduced the deficit with a second penalty goal before they put Hereford under pressure with a good try. Hereford conceded a penalty inside their 22 and a Camp Hill “catch and drive” resulted in an unconverted try. Hereford, after having much the better of the first half found themselves changing ends with just a meagre lead at 11 points to 12.
The second half started with some end to end play and Hereford increased their lead after determined runs by Tom Slater and Richard Jones threatened the Camp Hill 22. Ollie Hutcheson won a lineout and a classic catch and drive ended with Lewis Jordan touching down for his second try. As the game progressed, Camp Hill did most of the attacking and it took all of the Hereford defensive skill to hold them out. In the closing minutes they crossed the Hereford line twice, but were unable to keep hold of the ball and in the final minutes were called back for a forward pass. Hereford deserved their win, but Camp Hill, despite their low league position made them fight hard for their 17 points to 11 win.
Special mention should be made of the four teenagers in the squad, Ewan Duncan, Lennon Fishlock, Bryn Goodall and Rhys Procter. All made valuable contributions to the team effort and in particular Rhys Procter who made an excellent first team debut playing out of position on the wing. Next week is a rest weekend before the following Saturday, when we host current league leaders Dudley Kingswinford. Earlier in the season we lost by 15 points to 26, but this time with home advantage we shall aim to turn the tables.
Updated 11:24 - 12 Feb 2018 by Rob Davies