Camp Hill 24 Hereford 41
Sunday February 17
First team extend unbeaten run to 5 matches at Camp Hill
Hereford extended their winning sequence to five games with this excellent display of running football at Camp Hill. They opened up a 17 point lead within 20 minutes of the kick off, but the hosts belied their lowly league position with a spell of attacking play for 15 minutes at the end of the first period to take a 2 point lead into the interval. Early in the game Hereford crossed the Camp Hill line, but lost control of the ball. After 10 minutes a penetrating run from mid field by Richard Mayson put Perry Pudge in for the first Hereford try. Dean Powell slotted the conversion. A few minutes later Dean Powell increased the lead when he converted a penalty conceded by Camp Hill. The home outside half disputed the penalty and not only conceded a further 20 yards but earned a yellow card. After 21 minutes some driving play by the Hereford pack released quick ball for James Watters to dive over for a second converted try. For the remainder of the half Camp Hill raised their game and had their best spell of play scoring 3 tries within quarter of an hour, converting 2 of them. Half time was reached with the home team having taken the initiative and were good value for their lead at 19 points to 17.
Hereford opened the second period as they had the first and within 2 minutes had regained the lead. Good combination between Giles Sayner and Tom Ewins on the left flank made ground and moved the ball wide to Brad Talbot who beat the defence to touch down for an unconverted try. A few minutes later the Wyesiders secured a bonus point with their fourth try. Perry Pudge fed Matt Hallett, who outflanked the defence to run in the fourth try from half way, the conversion from wide out was not successful. Working with a good supply of ball from set piece and loose play the Hereford backs gave arguably their best attacking display of the season. On 57 minutes a determined run by Perry Pudge out of defence put Tom Ewins away. He beat two defenders to touch down for a try which Ben Osborne converted. With ten minutes remaining, scrum half Gary Preece picked up close to the scrum, made ground before passing to Ali McColl, who transferred to Jamie Bullock who crashed over for the final Hereford score. Ben Osborne added the extra points. Camp Hill responded and after 71 minutes forward pressure took play to the Hereford line, where a forward drive gave Camp Hill a fourth try which gave them a bonus point. In the closing minutes Hereford came close to adding to their score, once when Matt Hallett was high tackled in full flight for the line and in the final minute when from a forward drive, Ali McColl stretched for the line, but the referee decided he was just short and denied him what would have been a well deserved reward.
The team is developing nicely with a sound defensive plan, a pack of forwards capable of winning good ball from all aspects of play and on their day, a set of free running backs. The blend of youth and experience is gelling well and promises an optimistic future.