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Sunday, 24 March 2019
WITH the Championship South 1 league over Henley Hawks Women finally started their cup campaign with a home win against Loughborough Town last Sunday after the previous week’s match with Eccles was cancelled.
Henley were on the back foot early on but their defence was solid as they forced errors to win the ball back. Having built their way up the pitch with some solid runs from Barrett and Wheeler. A delayed pass from Williams allowed Solowin to burst through Loughborough’s line of defence, freeing her hands she offloaded to Wilkie for the first try of the day. The conversion was missed.
Etheridge gathered the kick off, breaking the defence and allowing quick ball down the line. Loughborough piled on the pressure but were thwarted by a knock on that saw a player receive 10 minutes in the sin bin.
With the player advantage Henley spent the rest of the half in the visitors’ 22. Being awarded penalty after penalty for Loughborough’s poor discipline Henley were patient and built the phrases. Franklin finally found a gap in the Loughborough defence but was tackled meters from the line. The second half was similar to the first with Henley having the majority of the ball. Some strong attacking lines from Collins, Page and Etheridge gave Henley a good platform to play from.
Frustratingly the gaps were not opening up in Loughborough’s defence. Similarly, on Loughborough’s attacks there were no gaps in Henley’s defence and some good hits by Wilkie, Solowin and Franklin stopped them in their tracks.
Tiredness was creeping in and both teams started to make mistakes, resulting in several scrums. Henley had the scrum advantage but nothing came from it. An error allowed Loughborough to turn the ball over, kicking it straight down the throat of Henley fullback Moody who, with the space in front of her, ran on the outside and side stepped under the posts to score a converted try to put the home side 12-0 up.
Players player award for the Hawks went to Sam Page and coaches’ player to Zoe Franklin. Henley’s next match is on March 17 at Supermarines.
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