Hawcoat Park 1st XV v Millom

Hawcoat Park 27  Millom 10

The maroon and whites continued their unbeaten start to the season but had to work very hard to beat a very competitive Millom side with a final score not really reflecting the close balance of the game.
On a perfect playing surface and in ever improving weather conditions there was no excuse but the first half was not a great spectacle for the decent size crowd of supporters of both teams.
The game never got flowing and a classic “arm wrestle” took place as two even packs physically tested each other out. The only points came via a well struck 35 metre penalty goal via Will Coles and as Millom finished the half strongly a similar balancing 30 metre kick. Millom also just missed a further penalty attempt on the stroke of half time.
Half time 3 – 3.
With coaches Jase Meadows and Col Niven’s words ringing in their ears we started the second half better playing our favoured way towards the club house. Prop Scott Dobbie was taking the ball into contact strongly well supported by skipper Andy Kent and Paul Woodburn. The introduction of second row Chris Thompson who had felt under the weather during the week also had an impact.
Ten mins into the half we scored our first try, scrum half Will Coles was playing well and made a good break blind from a scrum. He parted to winger Matt Burrows who made good ground before passing inside to strong running No 8 Matt Sayle to score a deserved try. The conversion was missed.8 – 3.
Slowly but surely we started to get a slight advantage in the scrums and mid-way through the half our second try came when from a push over it was the industrious Alfie White who got the final touchdown. Will Coles slotted over the conversion.15 – 3.
Millom certainly never let their heads drop and continued to play as a workmanlike team making life difficult and looking impressive as they looked to bring their pacy three quarters into the game.
Our third try again came via a powerful scrum drive. This time Millom booted the ball out to prevent the score ref Paddy Loughran awarded the penalty try. 22 – 3.
Millom came right back and with time running out scored the try their play deserved, always looking to run the ball our defence was stretched for their full back to slice through under the posts for a converted try.22- 10.
In the final few minutes there was just the chance for us to collect a final bonus point earning try. From a penalty we kicked for a line out 10 metres out. From the clean take a good drive allowed pack leader Mike Lightfoot to force his way over. The conversion was missed Final Score 27 – 10.
A tough hard-earned win against a good Millom side.
All thoughts now turn to the much anticipated first derby game for some time down at the Strawberry Grounds next week.

John Horne

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