Hawcoat Park 1st XV v Windermere

Hawcoat Park 22 Windermere 10

Saturday 1st February 2020


The rain just about stayed away but a very strong wind had a spoiling effect on the game as the maroon and whites welcomed our old friend’s from the south Lakes the amber and blacks from Windermere. Both sides struggled to get used to the conditions in the early exchanges handling was difficult and judging passing was not easy as both sides made regular mistakes.Windermere were a big powerful side and had some “grunt” up front as they tested out our defence. The first quarter was neutral with neither side having many clear cut chances to get that first score on the board.
Our pack was having to work very hard to set any form of platform with scrums and line outs a good test but strong runs from all the front row of Scott Dobbie ,Adam Grainger and skipper on the day Andy Kent got us on the front foot for a spell in the Windermere 22,and mid way through the half we got the first try. The ball was quickly moved through hands via George Smith and Will Coles who parted to right winger Rodney Odondi who finished in the corner in typically strong manner. The conversion attempt was too far out in the strong wind 5-0.
Not long after Rodney Odondi collected his second try almost a repeat of his first, this time it was scrum half Jack Shannon who recycled the ball quickly for elusive running full back Lewis Sayle to come into the line and provide the flying Odondi the ball to finish well out wide. Half time 10-0.
Our back row of Alfie White Lee Van Haren and Rory Sayle was outstanding with Sayle really starting to show up well in both the loose and line out as he regains his match fitness after returning from a nasty leg injury. 15 mins into the half it was both Alfie White and Lee Van Haren who drove hard at the Windermere line nearly scoring themselves before the ball was moved well through hands and following good support play it was Sayle who managed to stretch over for the try. George Smith slotted over the conversion via the post 17 – 0.
Young prop Lewis Phillips had joined the play as a replacement and once again showed he is not out place at this level and looks a really good prospect helping to take a ball against the head.
As always with a Windermere side they never give in working hard together as a collective unit and showing real determination to get back into the game. Midway through the half they scored a try their team play deserved but it came as more of an individual effort from their centre who showed good “wheels” to slice through on a good angled run from 40 metres out to touch down. At 17- 5 the next try was going to be important and after 30mins following good work by John Donnan up front and George Smith it was the outstanding Alfie White who ran strongly to touch down out wide for our bonus point earning try.
Not to be finished in the last few minutes it was Windermere who scored the last consolation try their play had deserved. Their full back showed good determination in running a direct line and force his way over. Final Score 22- 10.
Perhaps a little disappointed as to the performance and continuity in our play this was a bonus point win against determined close rivals in tricky playing conditions.
A word for referee George Tressider taking control of his first 1st team game and always sensibly keeping control.
A good day was made even better when the news came through that the A Team had achieved a great 55-7 win away on the road at Rossendale – well done to all the lads involved!

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