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Old Hales first national league win

National Midlands 3 league

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013 07:23am
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey
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Old Halesonians and dedicated supporters travelled to Cheshire for their first match in National  Midlands 3 league which resulted in a 39 points to 16 victory.

The fantastic set up at Lymm provided a perfect start to a competitive season ahead. The home side were penalised for offside in the first 5 mins and  Chris Hooper converted for a 3 nil lead.

There was an even battle between forwards.and backs in the first 15 mins with Lymm showing the upper hand. Hales slowly got their rhythm with forwards out rucking the home forwards, particularly Tom Jordan who again led from the front. 

Pressure resulted in Hooker Pete Fitzgerald driving to the line to score, converted by Hooper to lead 10 - Nil. Lymm came straight back with a break from their backs and a score in the corner to pull back to 10 - 5.

After 36 minutes Immediately from the kick off Hooper kicked blind for Wing Luke Smith to gather  and make ground towards the Lymm line, he was tackled short but managed to feed supporting second row Rich Sawyer who scored the first if his two tries, converted by Hooper for a 17 - 5 lead.

Lymm were unable breach the visitors dogged defence but were awarded two penalties in succession for foul play 17 - 11.

The second half again saw Hales in the ascendency with forwards Dempsey, Jordan and Sawyer leading the charge. The backs began to gel with Scrum Half Sam Vaughan providing regular ball to fly half Pete Clifford who distributed well. 

Hooper was back to his best and broke from his own 22 after another failed Lymm attack. He evaded 4 tackles before feeding back row Mark Evans who cleverly kicked on forcing the lymm full back to hold onto the ball illegally. Another penalty by Hooper took the lead to 20 - 11.

Lymm were shocked at the power of the visitors and again failed to get past the Hales defensive line, centre Carl Robinson broke again through the Lymm backs to feed Smith on the wing for his first try of the season 25 - 11.

From the restart Hooper again gathered from open play after combination play of forwards and backs. He fed the ever present Sawyer to go over for his second try, converted by Hooper 32 - 11.

Sawyer damaged his hamstring whilst scoring and had to leave the field. The last quarter saw Lymm fight back with Hales losing 3 players at one stage to yellow cards for rucking offences. The pressure paid off with Lymm scoring a try in the corner 32 - 16.

The final chapter saw Hales kick to the lymm defence, chase, turnover the ball and Vaughan fed Evans to dance over the line, converted by Hooper  a well earn't victory 39 -16.

The first team meet Newport (Salop) at home in the league next Saturday kick Off 3pm preceded by a HOGS lunch in the clubhouse commencing at 12.      

Photograph: File pic

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