Old Halesonians have to improve

Bedford Athletic 34 – 12 Old Halesonians

Last Updated: Nov 8, 2016 06:14pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Kathleen Jacksonn
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Hales first team travelled to bottom side Bedford hoping to put right the humiliation of last week against Syston at home. The game started in favour of Hales with the usual early pressure led by centre Ben Barkley. A scrum ensued with a pushover try by number 8 Adam Clayton to lead 0 - 5. 

From the kick off on 13 minutes, Chris Hooper gathered and kicked downfield. Bedford ran the ball back and evaded tackles for their backs to score an unconverted try 5 - 5. For the next 15 minutes both sides shared ground and possession.  

On 30 minutes again Bedford tested the Hales defence which was not good enough, tackles being missed. The home side capitalised with a try on the left wing. This was followed shortly after by another try down the same wing with Hales tackling non-existent, score being 15 - 5 at half time. 

Hales needed to regroup and get back to basics but from the kick off Bedford again pressured down the left flank, they had a try disallowed, again Hales defence unusually inadequate. Hales tried to fight back with Barkley, Rich Taylor, Carl Robinson and Clayton doing their best to turn the game round. 

Hales applied pressure in the tight with prop Tom Dempsey coming off the bench to bolster the pack which was the only dominant part of Hales game. This resulted in a loose maul close to the Bedford line, Dempsey drove over for a try, converted by Hooper to pull the score back to 15 - 12. 

The rest of the game saw the home side apply non-stop pressure to the Hales defence who lost Max Macfarlane to a yellow card. Sam Shepherd came on for Luke Smith and Martin Hooker for Kieron Haynes. Bedford were more committed and scored 2 more tries in quick succession to lead 29 - 12. 

Hales had no answer although tried to regain some composure.  In the latter stages the home side scored a final try against a demoralised visiting team, 34 - 12. 

After the games Hales were left to contemplate their performance and position in the league. Gary Cox, DOR said, "There needs to be some serious soul searching amongst the players if we are to turn this round, we are all shocked at our lack of performance, it has to improve or we will not recover". 

Hales have a rest from league rugby this week but meet Hereford this Saturday at home in the North Midlands Cup, kick off 2pm. Then they host Birmingham Solihull in the league on 19 November, kick off 2.15 pm4


Fourth team - Old Halesonians 4ths  32 – 10 Stourbridge 4ths


Old Hales accepted this friendly fixture against Stourbridge 4ths late on Friday afternoon after being let down by Malvern 3rds. 

Old Hales fielded a large squad with a mixture of youth and experience. This was a well fought game, but with Old Hales having the more dominant scrum and being more fleet of foot in the backs they just had the edge over the visitors. Old Hales ran in four tries in a good second half display to run out worthy winners 32-10.


Old Hales scorers:

Tries: Steven Moore (2), Aidan Blizzard, Steve Deakin (2), Ryan Chance

Conversion: Billy Taylor


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