Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Hawks end losing run

AN outstanding second half performance from Henley?s tight forwards ended a run of three consecutive defeats and ensured a morale boosting victory over Blackheath at Dry Leas on Saturday.

AN outstanding second half performance from Henley?s tight forwards ended a run of three consecutive defeats and ensured a morale boosting victory over Blackheath at Dry Leas on Saturday.

In the opening exchanges both sides started brightly but it was Blackheath, not the biggest side to visit Dry Leas this season, who had plenty of possession and kept Henley pinned down in their own half.

A tactical kick from outside half David Marshall put the visitors deep inside the Henley 22 where they then stole the Hawks line out. A good drive from wing forward James Liston led to a short side move and prop Nick Winwood went over in the corner to score Blackheath?s first points. Marshall failed with the conversion.

Henley replied quickly and after a couple of forward drives, wing Jaryd Robinson made good yardage which resulted in Blackheath being penalised at the breakdown and outside half James Comben kicked his first points of the afternoon for the Hawks.

Henley were guilty of too many infringements at the breakdown, including twice in their own 22 and were punished accordingly by two David Marshall penalties to gift the visitors an 11-3 lead.

Ascrum on the Blackheath 22 saw the Hawks backs make good use of their pace and moved the ball quickly to allow skipper Martin Nutt to score Henley?s first try in the corner. Comben missed the conversion.

In the second half pressure began to tell on the visitors and a surge from Ant Brennan and Luke Carter resulted in another Henley penalty which Comben converted to level the scores at 11-11.

A quick move from the backs allowed winger Robinson to score wide out and give Henley the lead for the first time in the match, 16-11.

Blackheath never gave up and tried to keep Henley in their own half by kicking tactically into the corners. A Blackheath move was superbly snuffed out by a crunching tackle from Danny Wells and in the melee that followed, Blackheath were penalised to allow Comben to increase Henley?s lead to 19-11 with a penalty from the half way line.

As Henley grew in confidence, replacement Connor Stapley secured a line out and a good drive from the Hawks allowed them to camp near to the Blackheath line. With the Henley front five forwards now in complete control, a series of scrums resulted in a penalty in front of the posts which Comben converted to make it 22-11.

In the closing stages, Henley broke through and a Danny Wells chip put the Hawks within striking distance of the Blackheath line yet again. Following a good drive again from Stapley, Carter fed second row Will Woodward who capped his man-of-the-match performance by powering over for Henley?s third try. The conversion was missed.

This Saturday Henley Hawks travel to Worthing (kick-off 3pm).

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