Hales triumph at Newport

Newport Salop 23 - 29 Old Halesonians

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2013 08:32am
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey
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 Old Halesonians travelled to Shropshire for a close fought game that  seemed to favour the home side who  were better prepared.

Hales had last minute changes with Hooker Pete Fitzgerald taken ill during the week and prop Tom Dempsey still out with a back problem.

Ben Trinham started at scrum half for Nathan Jones who is serving a one week ban following a red card last week, Ben gave a creditable performance providing a regular supply of ball to the backs.

This was to be a hard fought battle with the lead changing several times during the game. After 9 minutes Hales pressure forced a penalty against Newport which fly half Steve Powell  converted to lead 0 - 3.

Newport were really dominant in forward play and began to take the game in forward exchanges. Pressure by the home side was rewarded by Hales infringing, penalty to Newport 3 - 3.

Shortly after Newport again piled on the pressure to force another penalty 6 - 3. After 20 minutes Hales got their act together with a sound forward platform. This was in the main as a result of Jon Deeks coming off the bench to help secure the scrummage at loose head.

The visiting forwards and backs began to combine with Steve Powell at stand off in control. The ball was. fed from Trinham to Powell to wing Luke Smith in the centre of the  field.

He saw a gap and slipped the ball to wing Joe Oxford who took on his opposite number in his usual railroad manner, a great try converted by Powell 6 - 10.

5 minutes later Newport were again looking stronger in maul and ruck which resulted in a converted pushover try 13 - 10. Newport continued to look in dominant form up front.

They moved the ball wide but a handling error gave the ball the Hales Luke Smith who sprinted through the defence for a try under the posts, converted by Powell to lead 13 - 17.

Newport again came back and always looked dangerous with Hales needing to dig deep in defence. They fought back for a well worked try, converted for  a lead of 20 - 17.

Hales again regrouped to take the game to the home side. Forwards secured ball which Trinham and Powell distributed. Backs linked well, Powell looped behind his backs to outpace the opposition wing to score  20 - 22.

After 65 minutes Newport were  rewarded another penalty giving a home lead to 23 - 22. Not to be outdone the visitors gathered the ball 4 minutes from the final whistle.

A driving maul led by Tom Jordan saw him secure a well deserved try which Powell converted for a resounding win 23 - 29. A let off for the visitors who should see themselves as very fortunate with this result and bonus point.

The team now look forward to a well earned Christmas break before a crucial home clash to league leaders Nuneaton on 4 January 2014, kick off 2.15 pm


                                               Old Halesonians 2nds  17pts v Bournville 2nds 12 pts

 2nds Report By Dan Hunt  

Old Halesonians 2nds welcomed Bournville 2nds to Wassell Grove for a friendly game in extremely blustery conditions.

Old Hales faced determined opposition and a stiff wind in the first half of this close encounter. Both sides battled hard to gain supremacy; Old Hales making good ground through the midfield, particularly from John Harris. Bournville countered with good attacking moves from their outside centre and full back.

The stalemate came close to being broken in the 35th minute when a good move from Old Hales resulted in Simon Sabel breaking through the Bournville defence and although he was tackled his momentum had carried him over the line; however, the referee disallowed the try and awarded a penalty against Old Hales for a double movement.

Towards the end of the first half, Bournville pressed the Old Hales line and finally broke through on the stroke of half time to score a converted try. Half Time 0-7 to Bournville.

Old Hales came out for the second half with more purpose and attacked at every opportunity. An attack from their own half released wing Simon Sabel who ran 60 metres, brushing off several tackles to score under  the posts. Tom Harris converted the try.

Old Hales continued pressure forced Bournville to give away a penalty and Tom Harris slotted the ball between the posts for a 10-7 lead.

From the kick off Old Hales were again on the attack and moved the ball quickly out to the right stretching the Bournville defence. Quick ruck ball and slick passing found Alex Church in space; Al finished off the move by scoring under the posts, giving Tom Harris a straight forward conversion to make the score 17-7.

Bournville were not finished yet and good team interplay and strong runs from their fly half and left wing forced Old Hales back into their own 22. Old Hales scrambling defence thwarted a number of the visitor’s attacks but finally the Bournville second row squeezed over for a try. The conversion attempt was charged down by a determined Andy Holloway to secure a 17-12 win for Old Hales.


OHRFC 3rds  62 v 7 Wednesbury 2nds

3rds Report by Craig Jukes 

The Saturday started off poorly with 3 players crying off too late to be replaced. This left us with a selection and positional challenge. We started the game with 15 players, went down to 14, back up to 15 and finished with 13 due to injuries and players moving teams to play for the 2nds. 

The game started at a high tempo with 2 scores from old hales in the first few minutes. Wednesbury rarely gave the home team a scare in the 1st half, each time Old Hales faced an attack they made sure that the tackles where strong and on numerous occasions turned over opposition ball allowing the backs to counter attack. The second half started much like the 1st finished with strong play all over the pitch. The only score from Wednesbury came from a miss kicked clearance that bounced off a Wednesbury player allowing him to drop on the ball over the Old Hales try line. 

Outstanding performances from Andy Tromans, Harry Youngs, Jonny Kew, George Eccles and Callum Roberts all contributed to the win. The man of the match was Gary Jones for his fantastic open play and dominating set plays.       

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