Winning start to the New Year and new pitch for Hornets
PUBLISHED: 09:13 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 13 January 2017
Hornets started the New Year with a comprehensive victory over Camborne on the new artificial pitch.
Hornets 45 pts
Camborne 6 pts
Hornets started the New Year playing the first National League match on the new artificial grass pitch, in front of a large crowd, a lot of whom will have come along to see what the buzz at the club was all about.
Despite playing Camborne who have spent most of the season on top of the table and beat Hornets 41-17 on their visit to Cornwall earlier in the year, Hornets did not disappoint their supporters.
Hornets dominated in all areas, with the forwards in dominant form and the backs loving the opportunity to play open running rugby on the new surface.
The home side started strongly spent the first 10 minutes camped in the Camborne 22. The first try came on 13 minutes when another strong scrum saw Matt Parker break from the back, Sean Disney darted for the line and when he was stopped short, the ball was quickly recycled and Kieran Ward smashed over for a try which was converted by Charlie Carter.
More scrums which saw the front row of Ward, Conor Baker and Sonny Haines again dominant led to a penalty. But a missed touch gave Camborne some respite. When the ball was won back, Adam Francis broke the defensive line and Disney kicked to the corner. The ball held up and Carter pounced for try number two and a 12-0 lead.
Camborne pulled back a penalty before Hornets scored again through some great backs play, which saw Carter cleverly collect the ball at the restart and make good ground before it was recycled and moved to Danny Bailey.
He in turn found Adam Francis, who showed great hands to move the ball on to Joseph Gadd to burst through the defence and score. Carter converted for a 19-3 lead.
Camborne pulled back another three points from a penalty, before Oscar James scored the most exciting try of the day, picking the ball up in broken play on the halfway line and showing a remarkable turn of pace to round the defence and canter under the posts for Hornets’ bonus point try and a 26-6 half-time lead.
Camborne started the second half brightly, but the physicality of the Hornets’ defence, led by Chris Francis, Jack O’Malley and Dan Ogden, meant there was no way through for the visitors.
An Ogden break almost led to another score, but the ball was dropped in the tackle and then on 50 minutes, Conor Littlewood quickly moved the ball wide, Gadd burst through the defence and cleverly offloaded to James, who squeezed in at the corner.
Hornets’ coach Jack Gadd rang the changes introducing Ryan Barrow, Josh Hallett and Sam Balkham into the fray in place of Baker, O’Malley and Gadd.
The well-timed changes did nothing to stop the momentum and if anything gave Hornets more dominance in the scrum, where the power of Courtney Harris and Hallett continued to give the visitors all sorts of problems at the set pieces.
Two further chances went begging before Parker smashed through the defence and fed Disney to score and extent the lead to 38-6.
The final minutes saw Hornets win a series of penalties at the scrum just short of the Camborne line. The referee eventually showed a yellow card to the Camborne prop, which led to uncontested scrums. Following three further penalties, Parker concluded the try scoring and Carter added his fifth conversion for a final score of 45-6.
Hornets will be very pleased with their bonus point win and must now return to the training field and make sure they carry the form from this match into next week’s long trip to the midland, which will see them visit Bromsgrove for the first time.