The might 2's win away
A Great win for the 2nd's
Uttoxeter 2nd's headed to Willenhall to play their 3rds in the hope of keeping up their impressive winning form this season.
Straight form the off Uteoxeter started poorly giving away simple penalties due to being offside and giving away the ball through simple handling errors, which soon led into Willenhall scoring the first try but missed the conversion. With the wind behind Uttoxeter and playing downhill, the away team refocused, with Tom Hayes kicking a long ball to the corner for a Uttoxeter line out. Veteran hooker Donald Hayes threw in to Jonathan Calladine who secured the ball, then Chris Goggin carried from five metres out handing off two Willenhall forwards to power over for Uttoxeter’s first try, which was duly converted. Uttoxeter came straight back again after Willenhall gave a penalty away on there 22, the decision to go for the penalty which was successful to put Uttoxeter ahead 10-5. Uttoxeter continued to dominate territorially, pushing Willenhall back in every scrum and providing quality ball to mercurial fly half Dave Atherton who did a brilliant job controlling the backs. Dave took the ball on himself, side stepping the first defender before off-loading to his centre which saw Luke Jones power through to score the second try. Uttoxeter dominated the lineout, a great improvement from the previous game despite Will Hulme moving from the back row to the centres where is was very effective with many powerful runs but unluckily was held up over the line with his first try scoring attempt. A slick passage of play from Tom to Dave and then finally to Will put him through for try number three, with the successful conversion the half finished with a good lead at 22 – 5.
Playing uphill and against the wind, the second half was a different game. Richard Shaw came on for Harley Finlayson who played a strong game and the forwards defended brilliantly, particularly Donald Hayes and Nathen Fletcher who put in some big tackles. Dave and his backs worked really hard trying to get more points on the board, but Willenhall tackled well and the games didn’t seem to be appearing like they were in the first half. Willenhall went for uncontested scrums which saw their prop convert to number 8 to try and break through the visitors defence, without success. Near the end of the game Willenhall broke through to score a consolation try, ending the game 22-12.
A note from the captain Russell Astbury "A big well done to all the lads today, it was good to see Donald and Tom Hayes playing together father and son for the first time. We are real contenders for winning the league let's keep up the hard work. A big thanks to lee Carter for his help also.”