Sat 07
Old Halesonians
1st XV
Poor Day for Greens

Poor Day for Greens

By Peter Bright
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OHales purple patch takes the points

The Greens travelled without some of their regulars and gave league debuts to Will Turnbull, Matt Humphreys and Keiran Bournes. James Nuttall also travelled as front row replacement.

Turnbull came into the threequarters with Colin Chapman reverting to the bench whilst Humphreys and Nuttall covered the front row in the absence of Guy Mychajluk and Jack leaning. Bournes started the game in the back row to cover for the late arrival of Nick Sydall due to his work commitments.

For the opening minutes of the game it was Scunthorpe that showed all the enterprise, taking the game to their hosts and the reward was a penalty after 5 minutes which Steve Johnson was unable to convert. They defended strongly and kept out the early efforts of the home boys and exerted pressure at the other end of the pitch with a score coming in the shape of a drop goal by Tom Foster in the fifteenth minute.

Disaster struck just before the half hour when Oli Wood had to leave the field with a damaged hand and his strong tackling was missed in the centre of the mid-field defence. The home boys managed to take full advantage of the rejigged Greens defence and with good support play, Tom Jordan was on hand to make the touchdown under the posts. Chris Hooper added the conversion to give the old boys a 7 points to 3 lead on the half hour.

The Greens then suffered the misfortune of having captain Tom Foster rather harshly yellow carded when he accidently tripped opposition fullback Hooper. With more re-organisation required to the Scunthorpe mid-field and a player down, Old Hales struck again when prop forward Louie Padian touched down. The galling thing about this score is that The Green defence bought two dummies en route to the try line from a most unlikely source. Hooper once more added the extras for a 14 points to 3 lead. There was just time for a Scunthorpe penalty but again Johnson missed the kick.

Scunthorpe really needed a good start to the second half to keep themselves in the game but still a man down, they conceded another score when Hales once more came through mid-field with a strong run from centre Andy Robinson to score half-way out. Hooper failed with the kick and the second period was only 3 minutes old. Things were not looking good as the score line mounted to 19 points to 3. Even though Tom Foster was back on the pitch they now had Steve Johnson limping and no cover on the bench. It was therefore no surprise when the influential Hooper broke through in mid-field to touch down after 17 minutes. He converted his own score and the home boys were now leading by 26 points to 3. More pain was inflicted shortly thereafter when flanker Jordan was once again up in support of his threequarters to complete his brace. Hooper failed to convert but the scoreboard stood at 31 points to 3 to the home team.

The last 20 minutes of the match was largely stalemate with Hales trying to be a bit too ambitious and The Greens defence tightening up. Scunthorpe did gain the reward of a try with almost the final move of the game but it was not a thing of beauty. The home boys dropped the ball inside their own half, Colin Chapman kicked on and during the frantic chase the ball behaved as rugby balls often do and initially evaded all attempts to gather by defence and attack. It was rather scruffily secured and grounded by Sam Morgan with Tom Foster adding the extras with the last kick of the game.

Match Report by LWJClayton

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Sat 07, Feb 2015




National League 3 Midlands