Hornets complete the double over Bracknell to keep relegation at bay

PUBLISHED: 15:19 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 28 March 2018

Charlie Carter.

Charlie Carter.

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Hornets returned from Bracknell with another victory in their quest to escape relegation from the South West Premier League.

Bracknell 26 pts

Hornets 27 pts

Hornets took the long journey to Bracknell on the back of some of the best form in the league and returned with a narrow one-point victory.

The visitors were able to pin Bracknell in their own 22 and a line-out steal by Fairhurst kept the pressure on. A kick to the corner resulted in a line-out inside the 10 metre line.

Having lost possession, Harris applied some fantastic pick pocketing skills and stole the ball. He delivered it to Jackson who trundled over the line unopposed, converted by Humphris.

After the restart came the first controversial tackle of the day when a defender seemed not use his arms in a tackle on Jackson and as a result the second row had to retire to the sidelines.

From a line-out, Vivian supplied a perfect throw and Hornets’ pack were on the move and the inevitable score came by probably the highest scoring prop in the league as Reseigh dabbed the ball down over the line, converted by Humphris.

A high tackle in front of the posts and Humphris was asked to kick three more points and Hornets were 17-0 up.

A Hornets’ move from defence to attack just before half-time and another penalty in front of the posts and the referee had enough as a Bracknell player saw yellow. Humphris kicked the goal to go in to the changing rooms amazingly 20 points up.

Bracknell were still down to 14 and Hornets sensed a chance. Carter, Dempsey and Ozzy James had superb runs, but could not quite shake off the defence. Another penalty offence and Harris secured the line-out and Jackson found himself in space and limped to the line, only to be stopped short but Harris was able to collect and go over. Crucially again Humphris kicked the extras, giving Hornets a 27-0 lead.

With most of the second half left, Bracknell began their comeback and their electric winger was the target for every attack for the home side. Twenty minutes to go and Pape was yellow carded.

Eventually Bracknell gathered a loose kick and they got their first against a tiring visiting side, but and as it turned out crucially they missed the conversion.

Olly James was the last replacement for Disney and all hands were required to the pump. Ironically it was Carter who was deemed to have tackled without arms when he prevented a try so the referee issued a yellow card and Bracknell awarded a penalty try.

Pape returned with only five minutes remaining and the home side were awarded another try. From the long restart, Bracknell attacked and scored again under the posts.

This time the kick was successful, but thankfully the referee blew for full time, much to the relief of the visitors who certainly did not deserve to lose and held on for a single-point win.

It is still mathematically possible for Hornets to stay up, depending on future successes and with the hope that other teams slip up, as it is getting tight at the bottom of the South West Premier League.

Hornets now have a week off for Easter before their neighbours pop round on April 7.

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