Controversial late try enough to give hosts victory
HENLEY COLTS lost out at Maidenhead to a controversial late try on Sunday in a match played on their all-weather
HENLEY COLTS lost out at Maidenhead to a controversial late try on Sunday in a match played on their all-weather 4G pitch.
In cold and wet conditions, and playing against a strong wind in the first half, Henley found Maidenhead to be efficient at playing the conditions, kicking into the Henley 22 and gaining two penalties which were converted by the Maidenhead fly half.
Henley’s forwards had much of the upper hand, at one stage forcing a maul 30 metres up field and with aggressive counter-rucking instigated by flanker Dan Folley, with Pete Browning forcing several turnovers of possession.
Fullback Josh Steiger made several big hit tackles on the opposition as Henley threatened to run the ball out of defence. Showing determination and resolve the Henley players managed to turn defence into attack with a run by flanker Josh Beech who passed to centre Danny Hawkins followed by winger Henry Milroy who cut in off his wing to score a try which was converted by winger Jack Antoniou.
Maidenhead gained another penalty, which after some back chat to the referee was moved 10 metres closer to the posts, and again kicked over by their number 10.
Henley brought on several substitutes at half-time and immediately found themselves defending on their own line, with the referee awarding a series of penalties following which Maidenhead eventually forced themselves over for an unconverted try.
Replacement lock forward Shek Sheriff made amends for one of the penalties by a strong driving run from which the referee awarded a penalty, kicked by Antoniou.
Soon after the restart Henley managed to force a 22-metre kick out, which was caught by Sheriff who set off again on a bulldozing run knocking opposition players in his wake, and to pass to flanker Josh Beech for a try close to the posts. Antoniou converted, bringing the score to 17-17.
In the last 10 minutes Maidenhead again gained the upper hand, managing a series of attacks in the Henley 22, but resolute defending by the visitors appeared to be ensuring a drawn match. However, a fight broke out which spilled over the touchline but the Maidenhead number eight cleverly ran through the area to score the winning try, with the referee ignoring calls for the play to be brought back and the try to be disallowed.