Derby victory leaves league leaders Henley Women in pole position
HENLEY HAWKS WOMEN remain top of the Championship South West Division 2 table after defeating local rivals Reading Ladies at
HENLEY HAWKS WOMEN remain top of the Championship South West Division 2 table after defeating local rivals Reading Ladies at a wet Dry Leas on Sunday.
Reading came into the game only one position off the bottom but relished the challenge on taking on the league leaders and threw everything at them for most of the first half.
Henley, as they have all season, seemed to be defending for large parts of the match.
Reading half-backs retained position, brought the forward runners in and threatened at times down each wing.
Atkinson and Wells both covered well and but for a few strong runs from Wheeler and Wysocki-Jones Henley were not able to make inroads.
Reading went close to taking the lead with the first score but their penalty kick sailed wide.
The hosts took the lead when a sweeping move saw Wells finish strongly out wide to make it 5-0. This seemed to spark the hosts in action and minutes later Hearn had dotted down to make it 10-0.
Momentum had swung and right from the second half restart Wysocki-Jones was causing havoc and gaining big yards.
Reading were defending for all their worth as Wheeler was stopped short and another move was held up. The ball was then passed left and Hearn straightened the line to crash over for her second of the match.
Reading’s resolution was now breaking as Atkinson powered free down the right, only to be stopped short and for Tivey to follow up with a simple dive over to make it 20-0.
The Hawks kept Reading in their half of the pitch, as they went about looking for the fifth try and bonus point but some good tackling meant it was not to be and Reading were rewarded with a try of their own.