Hales Rocked by a Well Drilled Sutton

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2013 07:07pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By John Clark
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1st Match Report By Simon Hussey 

Old Hales travelled to Sutton for an expected hard battle, it turned out to be the hardest so far.

Sutton were well drilled and made the visitors defend for a large part of the game. This was not helped by replacement Andy Robinson getting injured in the 'warm up' and losing second row rich Sawyer with a broken finger, replaced by James Sadler.

Sutton started strong and after leading with a penalty, Hales fought back with some dominance going forward with Loz Breese  going over in the corner, converted by Pete Clifford to lead 3 - 7.

The home team then showed continued forward power and back combinations. Although Hales continuous heroic defence stood up for a while. the pressure gave.

For the next 20 minutes Sutton scored 3 converted tries to dominate and lead 24 - 7 at half time. The visitors tried to rally and second half saw a glimpse of a fight  back. 

The ball was fed along the Hales backs, who created space for full back Chris Hooper to score a well deserved try, converted by Clifford to pull back to 24 - 14. 

Further pressure from Sutton resulted in Tom Dempsey receiving a yellow card for obstruction, penalty to Sutton 27 - 14.  

Again Hales tried to work back into the game by again using their backs to good effect. A back move including Steve Powell, centres Clifford and Carl Robinson fed winger Luke Smith off his wing to break and pass to winger Joe Oxford for a try in the corner, Clifford hit the upright but the lead was cut to 27 - 19. 

There was a glimmer of fight back but the visitors failed to work the phases and could not dominate the opposition pack. 

Further injuries to Scrum Half Nathan Jones (replaced by Ben Trinham) and centre Pete Clifford (replaced by prop John Deeks) didn't help the visitors and had to re arrange. 

Sutton took advantage of this and put the game beyond reach with a final try and conversion on 80 minutes to win the game 34 - 19.

Hales now look to lick their wounds and get back on track with a home game against Bedford Athletic on Saturday 2 November, kick off 2.15 pm.

Click here for Sutton Coldfield RFC's match report.                                                                                                                                                             

Old Halesonians 2nds  21pts   Birmingham Medics 1sts  39pts

2nd Match Report: By Dan hunt 

Birmingham Medics hit the ground running with a try scored within the first two minutes of the game.

Although Old Hales tried to get into the game the visitor’s free running backs opened up the home sides defence to score a second try.

Old Hales rallied and with the help of their dominant scrum they managed to get more than their fair share of possession. The home side attacked relentlessly but the Medics defence was outstanding. Finally, the combination of Sam Jones barging up the middle and a decisive run from Andy Holloway released Jack Manners to outpace the Medics defence to score under the posts; Tom Harris converted.

Before half time Medics landed a penalty and then scored a fine converted try to lead 20-7 at the break.

The second half again saw Old Hales continue to dominate possession; however, whenever the Medics had the ball they were quick and effective and always supported their runners. The visitors broke from their own half and good support play led to a converted try. Old Hales then had a period where they were camped in the oppositions 22. A series of Hales forward drives culminated in Chris Deeks forcing himself over for a try converted by Tom Harris.

Once again, a decisive break by the Medics resulted in a try. Old Hales then continued to test the visitors defence, with Jon Harris at the forefront of many of the attacking moves. Jon finally got the better of the defence to force his way through for a try, converted by brother Tom. The visitor’s rounded off a deserved win with a late converted try to make the final score 21-39.

Tries: Jack Manners , Chris Deeks, Jon Harris

Conversions: Tom Harris (3).                                                                                                       

The 3rds won 32-22 against Kiddy 2nd

The 4ths had a high scoring win, 39-5 against Kiddy 3rds.                                                                                                                 Colts:Three fantastic tries from George Taylor, Ethan Cooper and James Moore in a very entertaining loss to Lichfield        



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