Fourth XV hit back to record fine victory

PUBLISHED: 09:23 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 17 February 2017

Hornets 4th XV.

Hornets 4th XV.

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Hornets 4th XV came from behind to record an excellent victory against Blake Bears from Bridgwater.

Hornets 4th XV welcomed the Blake Bears from Bridgwater, with the game starting as 12-a-side.

Blake Bears started brightly, showing some great pace and fantastic ball carrying, but Hornets battled well in defence with some fierce tackling from Masters, Edwards and K Davies.

Bears kept up the pressure and were the first to cross the white line. Hornets re-grouped at the kick-off and a fantastic tackle from Carter saw the ball recycled and link-up play from debutants Loveridge and S Davies, sending Grub over in the corner to level the scores.

Hornets piled on the pressure and the old heads in the pack - Rayner, Hall and Hedges began to dominate. Hornets crossed the line again with Hedges claiming the spoils.

Unfortunately, Hornets suffered a blow as Dez Allan could no longer participate on the wing as he suffered an injury. This allowed Blake Bears to come back into the game as they scored three times in quick succession before the half-time whistle.

Hornets were up against it from the start of the second half and the Bears scored again in the first few minutes. Hornets hit back when Davidson broke with the ball and was stopped just short, good work at the breakdown from Gardner saw Hedges crash over for his second of the afternoon.

Hornets got their second wind and strong running and ferocious tackling made life difficult for the Bears and the scoreline started to favour the home side, with Hornets running out 49-43 winners.

Next month Hornets face Pontypool Vets and coach Ben Milsom will have selection headaches.

Special mention to Josh Coker who, despite being injured, stepped in to referee at short notice.

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