Sam stars in local derby

WITH a fine performance, Sam Lloyd-Jones passed 100 points for the 1st XV this season, with a haul of 24 points, in the local derby against Winscombe at Hutton Moor Park.

WITH a fine performance, Sam Lloyd-Jones passed 100 points for the 1st XV this season, with a haul of 24 points, in the local derby against Winscombe at Hutton Moor Park.

Winscombe did not look like a side in the bottom half of the table as they tackled couragously. Their efforts meant that it was over 20 minutes before Hornets opened the scoring. From a line-out, the home side caught cleanly and drove 25 metres to set up good ball which was spun out wide and Stu Vinnicombe raced into the corner for the try, converted by Lloyd-Jones.

With Hornets in control they breached the line again when they opted to kick for the corner from a penalty. They won the resultant line-out and drove over for Neil Chenoweth to touch down, Lloyd-Jones adding the extras.

Before half-time they added a third try when Lloyd-Jones entered the line and score the first of his first tries for a 19-0 half-time lead.

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The second period started well when the ball was quickly passed from forwards to backs before Vinnicombe found a gap and raced through. He was stopped just short of the line, but the ball was popped to Sonny Haines for him to crash over, Lloyd-Jones kicking the conversion.

That meant the bonus point was achieved and ensured Hornets maintained their 13 point lead at the top of the table. Within minutes they were on the score sheet again when Lloyd-Jones made the extra man in the line, rounded three defenders and raced in from 40 metres to score his second.

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However, Winscombe refused to roll over and continued to make hit after hit, but were unable to cope with the strong running and support play of their opponents. A break through the middle by Mike D’Arcy led to a pass to Vinnicombe, who put Bobby Hewlett in space and saw him race in for a try under the posts. Lloyd-Jones converted.

Hornets now rang the changes as Matt Parker entered the game followed soon after by Martin Powell, and they both had a hand in the next try. Powell won a penalty and this was taken quickly and saw Parker brush off a couple of defenders before popping inside to Ash Kinchant for him to cross the whitewash. Lloyd-Jones was successful with the boot.

The 50 was racked up moments later when Nick Francis sniped blind from the back of the maul, rounded the full-back and ran in unopposed under the posts. Again Lloyd-Jones converted.

The final change came as Ryan Hedges replaced Neil Chenoweth to add a little extra bulk to the pack. This didn’t slow the tempo though and a further score was achieved when Jamie Biddle, now at scrum-half, intercepted a pass on the Winscombe five metre line and jogged over for a try. With the final kick of the game Lloyd-Jones converted and the final score was 59-0.

This week Hornets have a busy schedule as Saturday sees the visit of St. Bernadette’s in Somerset Premier League action, kick-off is 2.30pm, and then on Sunday they host Midsomer Norton in the Somerset Vase, kick-off is slightly earlier at 2.00pm.

The club would like as many people as possible to support these matches, and with the team having scored over 200 points and conceded only three in their last three outings, spectators are sure to see some exciting rugby.

Tor 3rd XV 5 pts

Hornets 3rd XV 61 pts

THE Thirds turned up at Tor to find the home side short of two players, Chris Bloomfield and Sean Davidson agreed to play for the opposition.

Within minutes of the kick-off, Hornets took control and Sam Baker crossed the line to score the opening try. Shortly after Mark Harvey made a great run, used a grubber kick to put the ball behind the defence and score, converted by Rob Owen.

The floodgates opened and the Hornets continued to dominate in the forwards where Sean Steadman and James Gould both scored, Owen converting one.

Before the break, both half-backs scored, Jason Burrell getting two and Jordan Kingman one as Hornets led 39-0.

After the break, Dave Geddes was rewarded with a try, then as the game progressed Andy Parker glided through the defence to score, converted by Kingman.

Tor still undeterred by the massive scoreline, came back and scored a consolation try. Hornets replied with a 40 metre run from Mark Harvey to score his second try of the game, shortly followed by Parker scoring his second, one of which was converted by Kingman.

Man of the match was awarded to Sean Davidson.

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