Injury time try sinks Hornets’ hopes of draw

PUBLISHED: 12:45 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 01 February 2018

Hornets v Newbury.

Hornets v Newbury.

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With the scores level between Hornets and Newbury Blue, an injury-time try gave the visitors the points in a close match.

Hornets 13 pts

Newbury Blues 18 pts

With both sides languishing at the lower end of the table, Hornets welcomed Newbury to a very wet and windy Hutton Moor in the latest South West Premier League game.

In such a vital game both sides struggled with the wet ball and spilled it several times in either contact or trying to gather a high kicked ball, as it swirled around in the wind.

Both sides started well and it was evident early on that defence was probably going to have a big impact on the game as massive defensive tackles were being delivered by both teams.

A midfield move in the backs and Bailey broke free, the scrambling defence reorganised and a scrum was awarded to Hornets.

The pack surged forward and Newbury’s front row stood up under immense pressure and a penalty was the result. Humphris stepped up and slotted the three points.

Newbury again pressed and were getting close to going over, but Hornets kept them out until Parker was adjudged to have stolen the ball illegally in a ruck and was sent to the bin.

Newbury kicked the points to level the score. Excellent pressure was matched by the Hornets defence when Newbury stepped up a gear. They kicked a penalty to the corner and then with a classic catch and drive they scored a converted try to lead 10-3 at the break.

Ross Cheeseborough came on for injured Jack Gibson and Phil Hobbs on for Dave Vivian and Hornets had to re-group.

Hornets had a scrum on the halfway but were penalised for standing up in the scrum, even though they were pushing the opposition backwards. More pressure by Hornets saw Pape go under the posts to celebrate his birthday. Humphris kicked the easy conversion to make it 10-all.

Again Newbury pressed and won a penalty of their own to lead by three points. Both sides were struggling with some of the referee’s decisions and began to get frustrated and tempers flared on a few occasions.

Hornets could sense a score, but again the defence was sound. Then Newbury gave away a penalty on their 10-metre line and Humphris levelled the scores.

With four minutes left on the clock and a draw seemed to be a fair result, but there was six minutes of injury time still left to play and unfortunately for Hornets, a spilt ball on halfway and a fly hack through saw Newbury score the winning try. The conversion was missed and the referee blew for full time.

This was a huge disappointment for Hornets, but they now have to regather and go to Maidenhead in yet another tough game.

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