Resilient Hawks dig in to give leaders a run for their money
HENLEY HAWKS remained in contention for 64 minutes of an entertaining encounter at a blustery Castle Park against league leaders Doncaster Knights on Saturday.
A gritty first half, with the considerable breeze in Hawks’ favour, saw the lead change hands three times.
The heavier Knights pack dominated at the scrum for much of the game, only to be met with a well marshalled defensive effort from the Hawks allowing only marginal gains for the opening 30 minutes.
Having held off the Knights to win 10-9 at Dry Leas earlier this season, the Hawks made early forays of their own into the Knights territory with Tom Allen and Danny Wells both using the wind advantage to force the Knights to retreat and collect down-field kicks.
Danny Wells landed a penalty from in front of the posts as the Hawks’ early pressure forced an infringement from the Knights.