Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Pair help side end campaign on winning note

HENLEY HAWKS WOMEN won their final Women’s Championship South Division 1 match of the season at Bristol on Sunday.

HENLEY HAWKS WOMEN won their final Women’s Championship South Division 1 match of the season at Bristol on Sunday.

The Hawks were meant to be in Intermediate Cup action but opponents Plymouth Albion were unable to field a side giving the Hawks a bye to the quarter-finals. This enabled the Hawks to play their final league match of the season in a hastily rearranged match.

Henley produced their best first opening 10 minutes of the season. Within a minute good interchanging put Tomas in space on the half way to score and with Dudding converting put the visitors 7-0 ahead.

Bristol restarted only to find themselves 12-0 down as Atkinson timed her run moments later to cross the whitewash and score. Minutes later a loose ball down the left hand touch almost returned for more, as Wheeler hacked through from the half way, to just see the last bounce go the wrong way on the 22. Bristol regrouped and started to threaten. Good defence held out until a series of close pick and goes brought about seven points. All this happened within the first 15 minutes. The game then ebbed and flowed as both sides continued to attack.

The second half was much of the same as big hits from both sides prevented further breaks.



Tomas once again sped down the left hand side but to no avail while on the other wing newcomer Bryne picked a good line to finish inches short. The resulting procession saw the Hawks blunder a simple overlap and with it the chance to put the hosts to bed.

With their season on the line Bristol, still fighing to avoid relegation, pushed hard but found no way through.

Henley Hawks Women: 1 Kerry Stacey, 2 Kelly-Anne Ferguson, 3 Bobby Barrett, 4 Katy Wysocki-Jones, 5 Megan Walsh, 6 Tina Simpson, 7 Amy Atkinson, 8 Anne Wheeler, 9 Yaz Lathbury-Haig, 10 Carly Dudding, 11 Rachel Parry, 12 Elizabeth Hearn, 13 Ann-Marie Solowin, 14 Pip Timmins, 15 Annette Tomas. Replacements: Mel Mckenzie-Dalton, Charlotte Sealey, Sarah Adams, Aisling Byrne.

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