Sat 24
1st XIII
Hensingham 2s
D Miller, R Barton, G Reed, L Johnson (2), A Barton, L Crossman (2)
M Irving (7)


By Craig Hamilton
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Callum Thorndike reports on yesterday's action from Beacon Hill

Aspatria Hornets fought hard in the heat to see off a spirited Hensingham side, who are still searching for their first win of the season.

The game started in the worst possible way as, with the the first contact of the game, Hornets' hooker Gareth Nicholson was carried from the field with a suspected dislocated knee.

The Hornets opened the scoring, when David Miller crossed after an excellent break from Ken Bowes. Matty Irving goaled on what was an excellent day from the boot.

The next try came from Hensingham, as Kylan Barwise crossed in the corner, which was converted by Josh Hillier.

Aspatria still had time to cross twice before half time, as Ross Barton powered over and then Guy Reed found a gap, Irving was able to convert Barton's try before hitting the post after Reed's, leaving the score at 16-6 at half time.

Aspatria hit the ground running in the second half, as Luke Johnson scored and Irving goaled.

Taylor Richardson crossed for Hensingham, but the conversion attempt was missed keeping the Hornets' lead to 2 scores.

The Hornets then hit a purple patch on the hour mark as they ran in three tries with no response, first through Luke Johnson who completed his double, then Alex Barton found a hole and Luke Crossman broke the line. Irving goaled all three to seemingly confirm the win for the Hornets.

However, a lapse in concentration invited Hensingham over for 2 quick fore tries, one from Josh Rogers on, which Hillier converted and then from Josh Burr which was this time unconverted.

Hornets' Richard Stamper and Hensingham's Jack Kellett were dismissed for punching after a high tackle and then, from the resulting penalty, Luke Crossman completed a double with a carbon copy of his first try, converted by Irving to cap off a resounding Hornets win.

The Sponsor's Man of the Match was Guy Reed.

Aspatria have a short turnaround with an away fixture to Egremont on Wednesday.

All of us at the club wish Gareth Nicholson a speedy recovery from his injury.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 24, Jul 2021



Meet time



Meet at Beacon Hill. Club attire to be worn before and after game.


Guy Reed

Player of the match

Guy Reed