Friday, April 27, 2012
Hornets ended their season on a high note, victory giving them fourth place in the league.
North Bristol 12 pts
Hornets 35 pts
HORNETS’ tight five started this game as they finished against Matson, with Chenoweth, Kent, Grimes, Hogarth and Speller putting on a display of dominance which saw them account for all five try’s scored by the visitors to Oakland’s, the home of North Bristol.
Hornets needed to win this game, ideally with a bonus point to claim fourth place in the league outright.
This would not have been the case had it not been for an administrative error which cost the team a five point deduction.
The writing was on the wall for the home side as their first feed to the scrum saw them pushed of the ball and this set the tone of the game for the afternoon.
The first try came after five minutes when a catch by Hogarth in the line-out saw the drive set up for Kent to touch down.
North Bristol looked to move the ball wide and a chip through saw Lloyd-Jones just beat the North Bristol winger to the ball. The restarting drop out saw Hornets work up field. A scrum five was the last thing the home side needed and the inevitable drive saw them collapse the scrum and the referee had no hesitation awarding a penalty try. Lloyd-Jones added the extras.
North Bristol looked to bring their backs into the game at every opportunity but all attempts were snuffed out by the Hornets superb back line.
North Bristol did manage to get into Hornets 22 and a good pick up from a retreating scrum saw the ball worked to the captain Wilson for him to score a converted try and North Bristol were back in the game at 7-12 on 37 minutes.
Hornets had the last say in the half as they kicked deep and set up good ball. A pop pass to Speller from Middlemiss saw the second row crash over, the kick was missed but Hornets turned round 7-17 to the good.
The second half started as the first finished and with three minutes gone, captain Hogarth found himself in space on the 22. He crossed the line with three North Bristol defenders for the bonus point try. Lloyd-Jones added the extras.
With Hornets tails now well and truly up, a line-out on North’s 22 saw Speller catch and set up the drive, which saw Kent carried over the line to score his second of the afternoon.
Lloyd-Jones added two penalties as Hornets brought on their replacements. The changes in personnel and position meant some disruption, North Bristol had the last say as North Bristol ran in their second try as Hornets finished worthy 35-12 winners.
The players’ presentation day and barbecue will be on May 5 at the club as the 50th anniversary dinner dance at the Winter Gardens on May 19 has taken precedence over the usual dinner this year.