Hutton Moor is buzzing

PUBLISHED: 09:19 07 January 2011

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IT HAS been many years since things at Hutton Moor Park have been buzzing to such an extent as they are this season.

IT HAS been many years since things at Hutton Moor Park have been buzzing to such an extent as they are this season.

With three senior sides and the colts regularly turning out each weekend and with all sides performing well, the atmosphere in the clubhouse is electric.

The 1st XV are currently unbeaten at the top of Tribute Somerset Premier, through to the quarter finals of the Somerset Vase and well positioned to start their National Cup campaign in the coming weeks.

It is not only the fact that they are in this position that has brought back the crowds to Hutton Moor Park, but the fashion in which they have played entertaining rugby with plenty of tries.

In the 14 games played, the side have scored 81 tries and earned 11 of a possible 13 try scoring bonus points. The total points scored are 505 and conceded 170.

Winger Stu Vinnicombe is the top try scorer with 12 and Sam Lloyd-Jones is overall top scorer with 76 points from three tries, 20 conversions, six penalties and a drop-goal.

The unbeaten run is testament to the strength in depth currently afforded to the coaching staff as 38 players have been used in the 14 games and no game has started without at least five changes to the previous week’s team, in fact the only person to have played a part in all games is Phil Hogarth. Many thanks should also go to the desire and dedication of several colts players who have been given opportunities this year in the senior side and gone on to make the shirt their own.

A look at the current league table sees Hornets top with a 14 point lead over second placed Chard and well on track to be chasing promotion in the later stages. However, a tough January fixture list sees them having to travel to fourth placed Wells, entertain fifth placed Avon and travel to Chard, so it is by no means all over.

Therefore, the squad hopes that the excellent support received so far continues after the Christmas break to help them maintain their status at the top and push on to glory.

Tribute Somerset Premier

W D L Pts

Hornets 12 1 0 61

Chard 9 2 1 47

Minehead 8 2 2 43

Wells 8 0 4 42

Avon 7 1 4 40

Stothert & Pitt 6 0 5 30

Winscombe 6 0 7 30

Gordano 6 0 6 29

Midsomer Norton 5 0 7 22

Taunton II 4 0 9 19

Tor 4 1 7 19

Chew Valley 4 0 8 18

Imperial 1 0 10 6

St Bernadettes OB 0 1 10 5

The good news doesn’t stop there as the second and third teams are also in league action each week and both doing well in their respective competitions.

The 2nd XV are currently fourth in Tribute Somerset 2 North with eight wins and a draw from 12 games and the 3rd XV are top of Tribute Somerset 3 South with eight wins from 10 games.

The Colts side, who last season won the league, Somerset Cup and reached the final of the National Cup are also doing well again this year.

Unbeaten in the all games they are top of their league again and through to the fourth round of the National Cup again, where they have been drawn away to Ivybridge in a repeat of last season’s semi-final.

So as 2010 comes to a close rugby at Hornets is going from strength to strength and all look forward to the what can be achieved in 2011.

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