Hornets top 900 points for the season
PUBLISHED: 10:29 20 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 May 2010
IN AN open and entertaining game that produced nine tries, Hornets maintained their unbeaten home record this season and in doing so, passed the 900 points mark for the season in all competitions. The opening try by Coney
IN AN open and entertaining game that produced nine tries, Hornets maintained their unbeaten home record this season and in doing so, passed the 900 points mark for the season in all competitions.The opening try by Coney Hill was a classic threequarter move with their full-back coming into the line at pace to split the Hornets defence.Their lead was short lived as Hornets replied with a try by Jamie Biddle following good work by captain Phil Hogarth. Mark Mansfield's conversion and a penalty gave Hornets the lead which they never lost.The next score for Hornets was scored by prop James Gould, who touched down thanks to a powerful surge by the home pack. Mansfield again converted and then scored the next try himself after being put in the clear by scrum-half Phil Edwards.The conversion was again successful and another penalty by Mansfield gave the Hornets a comfortable 27-8 half time lead.After the break, Coney Hill continued to play open expansive rugby and were rewarded by a try by their right wing that brought them back into the game at 27-13.However, the game swung back to Hornets when No 8 Mike Panaho scored twice in quick succession. The first came following a poor Coney Hill line-out that was pounced on by Panaho, who crossed unopposed. The second was the result of an excellent break by Edwards, who managed to get the ball away to Panaho, who picked the ball off his shoe laces before going over for his 15th league try of the season.Although both conversions were missed, Hornets were now in the comfort zone, leading 37-13. Coney Hill continued to play adventurous rugby and were rewarded with two late tries, one being a break from their own line.Hornets had the final word when Mansfield landed a penalty with the last kick of the match to give him a personal tally of 20 points.Considering Hornets were missing five regulars through injury or unavailability, coach Johnny Gordon should be well satisfied with his team's latest performance.It is hoped that some of the missing players will be available for the game against Taunton in the semi-final of the Somerset Cup on Tuesday at North Petherton's ground, 7pm kick-off.