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Old Hales Lose Out to Langton

Old Halesonians 18 - 22 Longton

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2016 08:26pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Mark Jackson
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Hales were looking to get back to winning ways but no one told the Staffordshire visitors. In typical style Hales came out on fire but also typically allowed the opposition back into the game. 

More pre match injuries/illness to scrum half Dave Hadkiss and hooker Sam Jones saw replacements Jamie Keen and Pete Fitzgerald starting. After 3 minutes of pressure Hales were awarded  a penalty, converted by Oli Rayner. 

This was followed by a lapse in the Hales defence seeing Longton to sneak over for a try to lead 3 - 5. The home side fought back with the back row of Steve Leach, Owen Jones and Max Macfarlane in attack. After 16 minutes Macfarlane drove over for a try 8 - 5.  

The continued pressure saw Longton lose a player for 10 minutes with a yellow card. Another penalty to Hales by Rayner to lead 11 - 7. The home side seemed destined to increase the lead and on 41mins winger Joe Oxford found himself in space to score, converted by Rayner for a lead of 18-7 at half time. 

The second half saw a change in fortunes with Longton taking the initiative with two tries in quick succession to lead 18 - 19 with still 30 minutes to go. Hales attacked continually but could not breach the Longton defence. 

One driving maul saw Owen Jones diving for what seemed like a definite try to take the lead, only to be disallowed by the referee declaring the ball held up. The continued pressure by the home side could not change the game. On 73 minutes Longton won a penalty which was  converted for a well deserved victory 18-22. 

Hales were very disappointed and look to make a mends when they travel to Newport (Salop) on Saturday for the penultimate league of the season, kick off 3 pm  

 

Old Halesonians 2nds 8 - 29  Hinckley 2nds

Old Hales faced a tough match against top of the table Hinckley. The start was positive with Old Hales retaining the ball during numerous phases of play; however, the Hinckley defence held strong.

The much larger Hinckley pack dominated the first scrum to set the scene for the rest of the game. Hinckley were awarded a penalty and the kick to touch set up an attacking lineout 10 metres from the try line. A clean catch by Hinckley and a strong driving maul led to the first try of the game. The try was converted for a 7-0 lead.

Old Hales made their way downfield and from a lineout almost forced their way over for a try; the ball being held up over the line. Shortly after, Hinckley were caught offside and the home side were awarded a penalty. Jake Shellis landed the penalty kick to make the score 7-3.

Just before half time, Old Hales were awarded a lineout just inside the Hinckley 22. Although Hinckley stole the ball, Kieron Haynes reacted quickly and charged down the fly half’s clearance kick. Haynes collected the bouncing ball and powered over the line for a try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful so the half time score was 8-7 to Old Hales.

Hinckley started the second half with greater determination and after an attacking move down the left flank they scored a converted try to re-establish the lead at 14-8. Further pressure from Hinckley saw their powerful running No.8 break through the Hales defence to score.

The Hinckley No.8 featured again when he picked up the ball from a scrum just inside his own half and raced to the Hales 22 metre line before being tackled by Nathan Newman. The ball was offloaded and quickly moved to the right for a score in the corner to stretch the lead to 24-8.

The only scoring opportunity in the second half for Old Hales came when Nathan Newman collected a high kick in his own half and evaded several Hinckley players before passing to centre Sam Foster who in turn made a well timed pass to wing Jake Shellis. Shellis almost outpaced the cover defence but was bundled into touch just short of the try line.

Hinckley sealed a 29-8 victory when their No.5 was tackled just short of the try line and the ball was recycled quickly for a try to be scored.

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Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Kieron Haynes

Penalty: Jake Shellis

 

Old Halesonians 3rds – No game

 

Old Halesonians 4ths 63pts  Stourbridge 3rds / 4ths 14pts

 

Old Hales scorers:

Tries: James Worton (3), Calvin Clements (3), Callum Roberts (2), Joel, Scott Reid, A.N.Other

Conversions: Steve Deakin (4)