Hard-fought bonus point victory recorded by Hornets

PUBLISHED: 10:53 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 09 November 2018

Hornets v Lydney.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Hornets v Lydney. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Hornets recorded a bonus point victory over Lydney, getting back to winning ways in the process.

Hornets 34 pts

Lydney 22 pts

Hornets got back to winning ways at The Nest with a hard-fought bonus point victory over Lydney.

The visitors started the stronger, but neither side was able to register any points in the first 10 minutes as they tested each other out and both defended solidly.

On 10 minutes it was Lydney who opened the scoring with a penalty kick to touch followed by a dominant scrum saw them score a converted try for a 0-7 lead.

Hornets were stung into action and immediately started moving the ball around more. This saw Ozzy James make a searing break and when the ball was quickly recycled, it was moved along the line for Joe Gadd to score in the corner.

Hornets dropped the restart and put themselves back under pressure, but the pack spoiled the Lydney scrum and the ball was cleared.

The home side scored against the run of play when they lost the ball at their scrum, but when Lydney moved the ball James pounced to intercept a pass and score under the posts. Charlie Carter converted for a 12-7 lead.

Carter extended the lead with a penalty kick before Hornets again made a mess of the restart and found their backs against the wall again.

Lydney added a penalty of their own before a crazy few minutes saw Hornets reduced to 13 men when both Matt Parker and Ross Cheeseborough were sent to the bin within a minute of each other.

Lydney took advantage of the extra men to score their second try and level the scores at 15-15 at half time.

Even though still down to 13 men, Hornets started the second half strongly. Lydney missed touch from a penalty and James ran the ball back to halfway. Gadd broke the line and Bailey Jackson was on hand to receive the offload and smash his way over the line to score. Carter converted for 22-15.

Hornets scored again on the hour to register their bonus point and hopefully put the game beyond their visitors. The score itself was a special one.

The home side turned the ball over in their own half. Danny Bailey made a break and found James who proceeded to score a wonder try under the posts.

In doing so he weaved and sprinted his way through the Lydney defence leaving five defenders in his wake. Carter converted for 29-15.

Hornets again lost a man to the bin when Lewis Brake was yellow carded and Lydney again took advantage to score.

Despite the visitors pressurising the Hornets line as the game moved towards a conclusion, the aggressive Hornets defence held firm and the home side broke away for score in the final play.

Gadd again broke through the defence, Steve Pape crashed the ball on and Adam Francis spun a great wide pass where Jackson was on hand to bundle over for his second score and conclude the game at 34-22.

Hornets will be pleased with their bonus point win against strong opposition, which sees them move up to third in the league.

They now have a break from league action as next week sees the first round of the Somerset Cup which will provide Hornets with an interesting challenge as they take on Midsomer Norton, who are currently sitting top of Western Counties Division, one below Hornets’ division.

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