Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Hawks hit top spot with bonus point win

HENLEY HAWKS went top of Division 2 South on Saturday after recording a comfortable six-try bonus point win at Lydney, writes Noel Armstead.

The visitors dominated the game in the first half to such an extent that the home side only managed to take the game into the Hawks half on one occasion. That was after 20 minutes when they scored a penalty through fly-half Brad Barnes from 35 metres.

The first 10 minutes was played almost entirely in the Lydney 22 metre area. During this time the Hawks failed to cross the Lydney line as the home side were well organised in defence, tackling effectively, coupled with the visitors failing to sustain their frequent passing movements due to failure to retain the ball in the tackle.

Henley eventually crossed the line when fly-half Ed Yarnton, who was the most penetrative of the Hawks backs, stepped inside a tackle to feed centre Simon Perry to score near the posts for him to convert.

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