Old Hales First Loss at Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe 24 – 19 Old Halesonians

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2015 06:10pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Mark Jackson
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Hales set off on that long painful journey to Scunny for the 6th game of the season with some forced team changes. Tom Jordan absent due to the birth of his daughter on the same day, also absent were backs coach Ben Barkley and Wings Luke Smith and Jay Reid (broken finger at training) 


The visiting support took heart in the way in which Hales started when after 14 minutes of pressure by the home team, a breakaway from midfield after a turnover ball saw Centres Andy and Carl Robinson combine brilliantly, Carl kicked on for Andy to chase over for the first try of the day and a lead 0 - 5.


On 21 minutes, following pressure from the home side, a penalty was awarded to them 3 - 5. On 26 minutes further pressure from a hard working Scunthorpe resulted in a converted try  10 - 5.


Hales came back on 33 minutes with a Chris Hooper penalty, but that was negated six minutes later with a Scunthorpe penalty 13 - 8 at half time. 


Injury to Hales Second Row Guy Field forced another re-shuffle, however the second half started well with pressure for Hales and a penalty on 43 minutes by Hooper 13 - 11. But more ill discipline by the visitors resulted in another successful penalty on 47 minutes 16 - 11.


Hales came back again on 53 minutes when Hooper kicked a further three pointer to close the gap further 16 - 14. It looked at this stage that Hales were starting to get into gear and take more control of the game. This was short lived and a moment of madness whilst only ten metres from Hales line, an attempt to run the ball out failed miserably when a kick would have been sufficient to relieve the pressure, meant Scunthorpe forwards had an easy time of stripping the ball from a maul for an unconverted try 21 - 14.


On 60 minutes hales Scrum Half Dave Hadkiss received a yellow card for offside and left the field. Not to be out done Hales worked their way back up field and were awarded a penalty. Hooper struck the ball which all but the home touch judge thought was good, the ref consulted and disallowed the conversion, much to surprise of all but one.  This was compounded when the home side were awarded another penalty which was successful for a 24 - 14 lead.


A now fired up Hales put the final effort in and managed to work a great passage of play for Andy Robinson to score his second try of the day on 79 minutes 24 - 19. This remained the final score after a game of many mistakes and I'll discipline in both sides.


This was not a satisfactory performance for Hales and there will be some straight talking from DOR Gary Cox and head coach Ben Hughes at training on Tuesday. Hales meet Hereford at home this Saturday in the North Midlands Cup, kick off 2 pm 


Second team - Old Halesonians 2nds 36 - 12 Derby 2nds

Old Halesonians 2nds faced a strong running Derby team. Old Hales defended well and their scrummage was dominant throughout the game.

The home side also showed more determination in attack and scored six tries to Derby’s two tries.

Old Hales Colts player Luke Fenton ran in three tries in the first half and Tom Dempsey, Sol Rogers and Tom Harris crossed the try line in the second half. Conversions were added by Jamie Keen, Dave Wakefield and Luke Fenton to make the final score 36-12 to Old Halesonians.


Third team - Newport 3rds 61 - 24 Old Halesonians   

Old Halesonians 3rds encountered a strong and experienced Newport side in this friendly fixture. Newport dominated the play and ran out worthy winners 61-24. Old Hales did however score four tries, with George Eccles, Callum Roberts, Dan Smith and Jamie Leech crossing the try line. Fullback Gaz Price added two conversions.

Photo: File pic


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