Hornets’ Girls gain bragging rights over Winscombe

PUBLISHED: 09:25 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 27 April 2018

Hornet Girls Under-15s.

Hornet Girls Under-15s.

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Hornets Under-15 Girls snatched a last-minute try to defeat Winscombe in a pulsating match at Hutton Moor.

Hornets Under-15 Girls 17 pts

Winscombe Under-15s 12 pts

Hornets snatched local bragging rights from neighbours Winscombe with a Sophie Adams try in the dying seconds of a pulsating match at Hutton Moor.

Hornets started the game strongly controlling possession and territory but resolute Winscombe defence was keeping them at bay until captain Ruby Richardson finally crashed over for an unconverted try.

With Hornets front five of Jess Delaney, Kerri Townsend, Olivia Phillips, Jade Hazard and Ellie Maher dominating the scrum, Hornets were receiving plenty of possession.

The excellent back row of Ruby Pring, Millie Mann and Adams were winning the battle of the breakdown where Winscombe seemed to be struggling with the rules.

Hornets’ backline of Harrie Payne, Richardson, Cass Hancock, Georgia Seviour, Lily Jones and Ella Hutchinson were creating chances against the best defensive line they have come across.

Despite Hornets’ dominance, it was Winscombe that struck next when their No 8 Katie Mackay sliced through for a converted try to put Winscombe 5-7 up.

From the kick-off, Adams put the black and ambers back in front with a try at the posts, converted by Townsend.

The second half saw the introduction of Paige Swain at tighthead, Miriam Bailey come in to the back row and Erin Edwards come on to the wing in place of Jones.

With just two minutes left on the clock, a poor clearance kick led to a Winscombe scrum five metres out, from this they scored in the corner to level the scores. The conversion was missed and with 60 seconds left it was locked at 12-12.

Townsend’s kick-off was not fielded and rolled into touch. The line-out was fumbled and Ellie Maher and Lottie Dadds combined to set up Adams for the winning try.

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