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Old Halesonians 10 -28 Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe Show Hales a Clean Pair of Heels

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016 08:45pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Mark Jackson
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This was to be a defining game for playoff position and Scunthorpe showed their strength in most aspects of the game. 

Traditionally Hales start strong and tend to dominate early but the visitors attacked from the off. Their forward power was evident, pressure on a Hales clearance kick forced a charge down and early try 0 - 5. 

Hales came back but could not stem the forward power of the visitors who again scored from a loose maul to lead 0 - 10. The shocked home side needed to rally and gained  a penalty which Dave Hadkiss kicked 3 - 10. 

Hales put some passages together but failed to break the defence and could not produce enough phases. Replacements were used, Steve Leach for Guy Field and Owen Jones for Jay Martin. 

More pressure by Scunthorpe resulted in a converted penalty 3 - 13.  At half time the disappointed home crowd hoped for more effort and the second half started more positive with aggressive tackling and running by back row Tom Jordan, Max Macfarlane and Loz Breese.  

But the visitors continued to use their simple tactical play to make ground down the field. They won a line out in the home 22, catch and drive for an easy converted try to lead 3 - 20. From the kick off another attack by Scunthorpe resulted in Hales infringement and another penalty 3 - 23. 

Hales were forced to make changes to try and stem the flow. They worked hard to make ground and started to put some plays together with Macfarlane, Breese, Jordan and Ben Barkley doing their best to make ground. On 65 minutes constant pressure by Hales saw hooker Pete Fitzgerald collect the ball 10 metres out and drive for a score, converted by Hadkiss 10 - 23. 

This gave the home side and support some encouragement and continued to pressure the visitors defence. Scunthorpe defence stood strong and they returned the pressure to the home 22. Another infringement by Hales, another line out, catch, drive and final score in the corner to win 10 - 28. 

Hales need to regroup if they are to stay in contention with a rearranged home league fixture against Peterborough Lions this Saturday kick off 2.15

 

Old Hales 2nds 

Derby  32 – 17 Old Hales 

 

Old Hales 3rd 

No game 

 

Old Hales 4th 

4ths lost away to Bromsgrove vets


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