Hawcoat Park “A” 15 – 27 Vale of Lune 4ths
A strong cool Westerly wind blowing down the pitch from the Irish Sea, Hawcoat chose to play with the wind first half. Hawcoat put 3 points on the board for a starter through a penalty by Joe Dalton 3-0. Vale fought their way into the Hawcoat 22 and converted a penalty awarded to them 3-3. Half way through the half Hawcoat scored a good try when Jay Crowe in the centre made a nice break to feed Keenan Cotton who ran well to score in the corner, Dalton hit the crossbar with the cv 8-3. Hawcoat could have scored 2 or 3 tries if the ball had been passed in the Vale 22 instead of kicking and the ball going dead with the assistance of the strong wind. The half time whistle was about to blow when Vale ran in a soft try due to the lack of tackling by Hawcoat, cv missed 8-8 half time.
The second half kicked off with Vale showing Hawcoat how to use the wind to get into the 4th quarter, a few drives by the Vale forwards and the try line was crossed to score in the corner, cv missed 8-13. Hawcoat were soon on the score sheet when following good forward drives with Corey Doughty in the thick of it the ball went out to the backs where Joe Dalton about to touch down a kick into the goal area was obstructed and a penalty try was awarded 15-13 and narrowly back in the lead. Time and again the experienced (old Heads) Vale half backs used the wind to kick for territory instead of trying to play rugby in their own half and from one 50 metre gain they took a quick line and scored with some slack tackling to help, cv good 15-20. Hawcoat were playing some attacking rugby but, similar to last week, took the wrong option with the line at their mercy on at least a couple of occasions, Jake Rigg was putting in some streaking strong runs from the wing and backing this up with some crunching tackles when the Vale attack came his way. In the last 5 minutes Hawcoat were putting great forward pressure on the away side forming a maul 5 metres out under the Vale posts looking as though we might cross the line when suddenly the ball popped out the side for Vale to pounce on, recycle and travel down to the Hawcoat 22 and cross the line under the posts, cv good 15-27 full time.
Eric Hill in the centre and Kyle Bown at scrum half played well alongside Martin Kennedy who won a big share of lineout ball. Before next week’s home game with Clitheroe we need to tighten up on our tackling and do the simple but effective things in the backs that bring tries, stretch the opposition, pass and back up inside.