Hawks do the double over Redcar
Yarm Hawks back to back wins over Redcar
With Max Harley not travelling (nominated for you know what), Alistair Eales and Tom Birch unavailable and 2nd row forward Adam Smith injured as a result of a cycling accident (nominated for you know what, as well) a warm and breezy day welcomed a depleted Yarm Hawks team to their first visit to McKinnely Park, against a mixed under 11/12 Redcar side, who were looking to level the scores after a great game of rugby at Wass Way last weekend.
Redcar won the toss and Hawk’s captain, Morgan Passman kicked off deep into the Redcar half. Early pressure from Yarm caused a knock on from the Mariners defence. Scrum-half Eddie Anderson collected his own put in and drove for the line but was held up by a stout Redcar defence.
The game then settled into mid-field with Redcar trying to dominate through their big forwards but as a result of some fantastic tackling from Lol Nichols and Ben Oloman the Yarm line wasn’t broken. Redcar then tried to use their big 2nd Row to batter down the Yarm door and a crunching tackle by Eddie Anderson, who had now swapped out to left wing, halted the big forwards progress and sent a message to the rest of the Redcar team that use of their size was not going to be an option in this game.
Yarm, who intended to swap scrum-half duties between Eddie and Jake Martin-Smith, had a second scrummage on the Redcar 5metre line. Eddie Anderson this time ran blind and opened the scoring when the Redcar defence could not hold him up the second time. Eddie’s try was converted by Jake Martin-Smith.
Redcar resumed, but their kick-off was safely collected by centre Moses Wilkinson who made a strong run into the Redcar half and some great passing out of the tackle allow Ben Oloman to come in from his wing to drive the ball deep into the Redcar 22. A knock on allowed Redcar to re-group and they once again used their big 2nd row to gain ground. Jut inside the Yarm half he was halted and found himself coming second place in an arm wrestle for the ball with Yarm inside centre Morgan Passman. Towards the end of the 1st half Redcar seemed to run out of ideas and began to kick possession away, with seconds to go one such kick was plucked out of the air by Hawks fly-half Lol Nichols who fed winger Harry Davis who made a storming run into the Redcar 22 but time got the better of Yarm and the whistle went for Half – Time.
Redcar 0 Yarm Hawks 7.
Redcar kicked off the second half but failed to reach the required 7metres and Yarm took the scrum back to half way. Some silky running was halted when Yarm knocked on and Redcar seized on the moment and played advantage to run the ball into the Yarm half of the field. Only a try saving tackle by Ben Oloman prevented Redcar getting back on level terms. The game then settled into a midfield battle with both sides working hard to gain territory. Redcar were pinning their hopes on size and strength but some solid defensive tackling by forward Ollie Barnard and full back Jake Martin-Smith, the Mariners could not capitalize, in contrast Yarm were hoping an open expansive passing game would win the day.
Mid-way through the second half Yarm, once again ran the ball at Redcar, with Ben Oloman setting off at pace down the right wing, he was stopped and held up by a stout Redcar defence but once again Morgan Passman wrestled the ball free in the ensuing maul and fed the ball to 2nd row forward Bernie Hodgeon, who broke free down the blindside and scored from 15 metres out. With hooker Harry White returned to kicking duty Yarm extended their lead to 14 – 0.
From the kick off outside centre Moses Wilkinson claimed the ball as his own and saw a gap open up on the left side of field, in a period of play that anyone would have admired and probably paid to see, the Yarm backs and forwards pass the ball beautifully between each other. The ball was passed out of tackles and off the floor, it didn’t seem to matter whether it was forward or back on the ball it would go to hand. Redcar tackled well but were unable to stop Yarm as Morgan Passman picked up and broke the line, a desperate Redcar tackle was not enough as Morgan fed supporting prop James Murphy who crossed the line for a brilliant well worked try. Another conversion from Harry White bagged the final points of the game which a talented Yarm Hawks won 21 – 0.
Today’s game carried on the message from last week. In that a small but skilful side is more than a match for size and strength. Admittedly it would be great to have a few “big Un’s” in the Hawks team but you would have to question where they would fit in? If they want James Murphy’s place they will have a big fight on their hands and maybe the only way into the side is to push Adam Smith off his bike!!