In conditions ideally suited to open rugby, Hereford were given a lesson in running rugby by Longton whose speedy and well drilled back division ran in eight of their nine tries at Wyeside on Saturday. The visitors attacked from the kick off and some slick handling enabled them to score tries through Chris Buck and Hendry Vaka within the first ten minutes, one of which was converted by Chris Buck. From the restart after the second try, Perry Pudge off-loaded to Dean Powell who kicked to the corner, where Richard Preece
following up was unable make the touch down. When Longton were penalised in the home half, a Kieram Hallam kick found touch in the visitors’ 22. A good take by Dan Lewis, who had a productive afternoon in the lineout, was wasted when the following forward drive was halted and the Wyesiders were penalised for killing the ball. On twenty minutes, Longton moved the ball wide and full back Pete Clifton outstripped the defence to run in an unconverted try. During the last ten minutes of the first half Hereford had their best period of the game. A kick ahead into the Longton 22 was collected by Charlie Loughman, who off-loaded to Richard Preece
following up to score under the posts, Dean Powell added the conversion. Just on half time a strong run from Kieram Hallam was transferred to Charlie Loughman, who ran out of space and was bundled into touch. The score at the interval was 7 points to 17 and Hereford were still in with a chance of a result.
A period of ten minutes early in the second half saw the game closed out by the visitors. They ran in three tries through Scott Rawlings, Chris Tennuci and Alex George, two of which were converted by Chris Buck. A break from Richard Preece
released Keiram Hallam, whose cross kick just eluded Charlie Loughman. Further defensive errors helped Longton to tries from Craig Wilson and Hendry Vaka, both improved by Vaka. Pressure from the home forwards forced a turnover and a series of forward drives saw Billy Sparey driven over for the second Hereford try. Dean Powell narrowly missed the conversion from a difficult angle. Just before the final whistle, the Longton wing Alex George ran in the last of the visitors’ nine tries taking the final score to 12 points to 57. Billy Sparey carried well all game, Dan Lewis had a good game both in the lineout and in general play and yet another colt to make his first team debut, James Parker
, had twenty minutes off the bench and made a promising start. Next week the club makes the long journey to Scunthorpe.