Under 10s - Report
|Hindley||32||vs||22||West Bank Bears|
Hindley bank their first win against the Bears
Hindley welcomed West Bank Bears to the Pavilion today for what both coaches and parents knew would be a tough encounter. The lads had been waiting along time for this game after narrowly missing out in last season’s meeting due to ‘unfortunate events
This enthusiasm was good to see as the emphasis of last week’s training sessions was tackling and defence and the need for 100% efforts all round. From the defensive intensity shown in the first 15mins from Hindley, they didn’t disappoint!
West Bank were unable to get within 30m of the Hindley line for the first 15mins of the game, as the hounding Hindley defenders worked solidly.
Hindley capitalised on the good field position their soild defence gave them on the turn overs. The first try of the day coming from Danny Carroll, a signature powerful drive for the line proved too much for the Bears and he crashed over carrying a couple of the Bears with him.
The home team's second try came in the form of a 40m race for the line from Connor Aspey who just had the legs to out run the pursuing Bears defence.
Great efforts in defence from Jack Kellet, Andrew Wilkinkson, Tom Peters and Joe Sumner kept the Bears at bay, but the couple of occasions they broke the line, some determined cover tackling from Connor Aspey, taking the attacker into touch and preventing the try, provided the Hindley team with a scrum restart.
Hindley played some good rugby throughout the first half seeing the ball being passed out wide from stand off, Reece Cassidy, whos organisation also saw a couple of moves being put on from the scrum.
West Bank clawed their way back into the game when their speedy number 1 caught the Hindley team off guard around the outside but just before half time David Bullough crashed over for a deserved try. After a solid 20min defensive stint from David, a powerful drive saw him burst his way over the white wash and take the home side into the break with a good lead.
HT Hindley 16 West Bank Bears 6
The second half started in favour of the Bears as they were first to score, but Hindley soon put a stop to this.
An ‘adventurous’ pass from Reece Cassidy saw Tom Peters skilfully scoop up the loose ball on the run and cruise over the line which edged his team further into the lead (as my dad always said, “you play to the whistle”).
Next to add points to the Hindley tally was Bradley Hodkinson. Holding not only a solid position on the wing in defence, but also in attack, Bradley allowed for a looping pass out wide from Connor Aspey, and with a bit of work to do in order to beat the defenders, Brad outpaced his opposite number to the corner.
Some more solid work in defence from Sam Bowery (who put on one of the shots of the day!), Kian Longton and Danny Carroll penned the Bears in there own half.
Connell Essex-Collier, Daniel Golbourne, Connor Bishop, Harry McRoberts and Ben Parry backing up well in the tackles ensured a great team effort in defence thoughout the second half.
In the closing stages of the game, a solid set from Hindley forwards Sam Bowery, David Bullough and Jack Kellet created valuable metres up field which Reece Cassidy used to his advantage. After collecting the ball on the run, using a great dummy and some nimble foot work, saw him to breach the West Bank line and diving low over the try line sealed the victory for the black and golds.
FT Hindley 32 West Bank Bears 22
Man of the Match - Reece Cassidy & Connor Aspey. Both lads worked well together in their respective stand off & hooker roles, providing good organisation to the team, they got the ball out well to their team mates and showed determined work in defence!
Top Tackler - Danny Carroll. Solid tackling week in, week out. Always gives 100% to the cause and having to be blood binned shows that this lad isn’t bothered about getting stuck in!
Most Improved - Tom Peters & Joe Sumner. Both showed outstanding efforts in defence and attack, and possessed a never give up attitude throughout the game!
A fantastic all round performance from the team today, it was pleasing to see some of the defence techniques and support play we have been looking at throughout the last few weeks, being put into practice. No time to sit back and relax though, lets keep up with the hard work and the good results will keep flowing!