Charlie scores 18 points as Hornets enjoy comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 10:37 29 September 2017

Charlie Carter.

Charlie Carter.

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Hornets enjoyed a comfortable 38-26 victory over Lydney thanks to 18 points from winger Charlie Carter.

Hornets 38 pts

Lydney 26 pts

Hornets hit the turf at pace and gusto in this bottom-of-the-table clash with Lydney, emerging well-deserved winners with maximum five points to climb to 11th place in the table.

With both sides determined to register their first league win, energy levels were high and as players from both sides gave no quarter, the penalty count shot up the scale to 27 with five yellow cards issued.

For Hornets, winger Charlie Carter rounded off a convincing display with a personal tally of 18 scoreboard points, including all conversions.

Head coach Steve Pape said: “It wasn’t pretty but our boys put in a determined performance. The pace was fast and much of the action was scrappy, but we held firm and scored five tries to four.”

He highlighted the debut performance of hooker Paddy Gogin, newly-arrived from Hartpury, who tackled furiously and was spot on in the line-out. But first-up tackles and kicking from hand will need focus for Saturday’s match in Devon against Ivybridge, he said.

The forwards started with passion and mastered the set pieces, but it was no picnic. Tight head Sonny Haines made several midfield bursts, charging like a steam engine with defenders falling off into the sidings. Wider out, the Foresters were a constant threat with threes and forwards combining well.

Hornets went ahead after eight minutes through a brilliant break to the line by skipper Rob Dempsey. Lydney responded strongly through clever half-back play, but Hornets’ defence refused to buckle despite a long period of pressure around the five-yard line.

Regaining the initiative, Adam Francis cut through the midfield to release Carter for a thrilling corner try. Play flowed end to end and on the half-hour, Lydney were rewarded with a converted try.

A spate of yellow cards followed with Nick Somers sent walking with his Lydney opponent and minutes later, scrum-half Declan Dorrington following for scrum infringements, reducing Hornets to 13 men.

Lydney grabbed the advantage with a try before Hornets restored their margin with replacement Jack O’Malley, in his first appearance this season, gathering a fine intercept to launch Francis for the corner flag and touch down.

Players short, Hornets were scrambling in defence and failed to prevent the visitors reducing the lead with another try before the half-time whistle.

Three minutes after the restart, Lydney were across the line again to collect a further seven points, but that was there final fling. Hornets took up the challenge again and O’Malley lit up the field by finishing a top-class attack involving a Francis chip ahead and a Somers break and pass to O’Malley who grounded in style.

Hornets turned the screw as the visitors’ errors mounted. Somers and Haines broke through and Ross Cheeseborough was at hand to make the try. As the clock wound down play became more physical with two more yellows shown for centre Danny Bailey and his opponent.

The contest concluded with a penalty just on the whistle, awarded for Lydney wheeling the scrum, Carter’s kick hitting the post before sailing over.

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