Hornets aiming for promotion

PUBLISHED: 13:03 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

EAGER for promotion this season, the Hornets have assembled what looks like a promising squad for a tough campaign. The South West 2 outfit were in a strong position at the half-way stage of last season, but injuries took their toll and they finished a di

EAGER for promotion this season, the Hornets have assembled what looks like a promising squad for a tough campaign.The South West 2 outfit were in a strong position at the half-way stage of last season, but injuries took their toll and they finished a disappointing fourth.Coach Johnny Gordon, the 36-year-old New Zealander who coached Weston for two years, will again be in charge at Hutton Moor Park.Lock-forward Phil Hogarth, who proved to be an inspiring captain last term, will again lead the side and former Newport scrum-half Phil Edwards returns after injury to partner Kiwi fly-half Dave Litt, formerly with Waikato Under-21s and the Bay of Plenty Development side.Also available are powerful No 8 Mike Panaho, formerly with Weston; back-rower Paul Sheppard and wing Jim Morris from Taunton; new signing Rob Berry from Winscombe; and flanker Rhys Dowling.In the National Trophy first round, Hornets travel to Marlow. They fancy their chances, and hope for a cup run like last season when they reached the third round before going out at London Scottish.There were many congratulations this week for Johnny and his wife, Lisa, on the arrival of Taine, a brother for 20-month-old Boston.

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