Old Hales Back on Track with Team Effort

Old Hales 24 - Longton 15

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 04:56pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By John Clark
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Hales played host to a determined Longton side who were a bigger sideman for man. Early exchanges saw the home side desperate to give a complete team performance.

The pack held strong with rearranged front row, Pete Fitzgerald at Loose head, Dan Blake at hooker and skipper Rich Taylor returning on the tight head.

After 9 minutes the forwards produced ball with centres Andy and Carl Robinson feeding off Steve Powell to put wing Luke Smith away in the corner for a well earn't try 5 - 0

The home side continued to dominate and provide good ball to the backs. Longton fought hard but were penalised twice in the first half which Hooper converted 11 - 0. The visitors came back with a well-deserved try through their forwards 11 - 7. 

After 20 minutes a scrum just in the Longton half saw Mark Evans feed Powell, who dummied and passed inside to centre Carl Robinson who broke through the defence, he fed Smith supporting on the wing for a brilliant try 16 - 7.

The second half seemed a closer contest with Longton fighting back for an unconverted try  through their forward power. This was followed by a penalty for infringement which took the visitors to 16 - 14.

Shortly after this scrum half Nathan Jones was shown a red card by the referee who assessed that Jones had intentionally tried to kick an opposition player, he left the field to the confusion of the  home players and crowd.

This could have been a copy of last week with Evans earlier receiving a yellow card for infringement and the team finishing the game with 14 men.

But the home side lifted themselves again with some great driving runs by Loz Breese, Tom Jordan and Pete Fitzgerald. The pressure built again and camped in the Longton half.

A secured ball in the loose, ball fed to Powell, Robinson brothers to wing Joe Oxford who steamed over for a try 21 -14. From the kick off Hales did not relax, the 14 men all doing their bit, more driving and hard yards made.

Longton were forced to give another penalty under the pressure, Steve Powell converted for a well deserved win 24 - 15.

Hales sit at fourth in the league with an away game against Newport next week before the Christmas break, kick off 2-15 (supporters coach is arranged for this trip).


Old hales 2nds v Old Patesians 2nds

2nd Team Match Report By Bob Boyd

Patesians were 1st to score when a chip from centre Ben Perks was intercepted and they raced in front to lead 7-0, however a spirited kick chase from debutant prop Harry Higgs forced a turnover in Patesians 22 and the ball was recycled for Al Church to score in the corner 7-5.

A poor scrum from old Hakesonians let Pats back in as they ran in under the posts 14-5 to old Pats. Old hales came straight back with the scrum rectifying the error and pushed Pats off the ball for winger Sabell to race for the line- held up just short, prop Chris Deeks picked up and drove over, try converted by Tom Harris 14-12.- Resurgent Hales drove again , forwards & backs linking to force a penalty, scrum half Gregg Smith broke quickly and after 2 phases the ball was recycled for Gregg to crash over 19-14. Old Pats came straight back with a forward catch & drive and levelled the scores 19-19 at half time.

From the restart Old Hales forced a scrum and fly half Chris Harris broke blind to feed Churchy for his 2nd try in the corner 24-19. This end-to-end battle wasn't finished and Pats forwards came back to draw level with a forward drive & try 24-24. However Old Hales weren't finished, whilst the forwards were battling with Old Pats, replacement winger Jack Keeling broke through the Old Pats defence with a strong run - and held up short fed Simon Sabell to go over for the winning score 29-24


Old Hales Under 17’s: Droitwich v Old Hales

Old hales dominated the play from the start final score 7 – 30. Try’s for Ed Dando x 2, Luke Jordan x 2 Dan Sanford & Chris Roberts. Man of the match Steve Stokes.  


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