Hawcoat Park A v Clitheroe 2nds

Hawcoat Park “A” 40 – 3 Clitheroe 2nds

Saturday 16th February 2019

The pitch was looking great, the sky was blue with a few clouds and a slight westerly wind. Three minutes into the game Lee Van Haren snapped up a loose ball from a lineout to cross the line for a well taken try from 10 metres out, cv missed 5-0. In the 8th minute the ball went along the back line where Jason Milby in the centre straightened up drew 2 players and fed a short ball to Rob Shepherd who went in under the posts, cv good Joe Dalton 12-0. The next 30 minutes up to half time saw Hawcoat with little ball from the lineouts and the big penalty count against us didn’t help. Clitheroe with lots of ball were camped in our 22 for long periods when only resolute tackling kept them from scoring. Half time 12-0.

The second half was 4 minutes old when Clitheroe decided to change their tack and actually go for goal when a penalty was awarded 12-3. A few minutes later Rob Shepherd fielded a Clitheroe kick in our 22, a good set up with the forwards saw the ball go out to fly half Joe Dalton who cut through the defence to show a clean pair of heels to run 70 metres and score under the posts, he also converted 19-3. In the 57th minute from a maul on the half way line Peter Matthews ripped a ball from Clitheroe to start a good passage of play from the backs where the ball was transferred along the line to the wing and back inside again to reach Peter Matthews in front of the posts for him to score a nice try to watch, cv Dalton 26-3. In the 58 min Paul Woodburn that grafting prop was given a 10 minute rest by ref Les Hall. Although a man down Hawcoat were playing with lots of enthusiasm and this paid off in the 65th minute when Josh Vial ripped the ball in a maul on our 22 went on a run to feed winger Keenan Cotton who made 40 metres down the wing before turning the ball inside to the supporting Scott Garnett to run in a excellent try cv Dalton 33-3. Clitheroe kicked off for Martin Kennedy to catch set up and Ethen Vial break away down the blind side and take the ball all the way down the touchline to score, a good touchline conversion by Joe Dalton to make the final score 40-3 at full time.

Hawcoat put a good team performance together with some great support play and crunching tackles. Once again Jason Milby was strong in attack and defence, Joe Dalton had a better game, Adam Williamson had a good steady game at full back, the forwards played well as a unit with Marc Hall, Mark and Paul Woodburn in the thick of things, Austin Meadows put a few telling tackles in to stem attacks, the Vial brothers were a revelation when they took the field with their dynamic running and aggressive defence play, a good squad showing. Only down side for me was some unnecessary kicking which is like handing the ball to the other side when it has been hard fought for by the forwards.

Let’s all be available and up for the cup game at Preston Grasshoppers next week.

Terry Williamson.

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