Saturday, 06 February 2016

Penalties crucial in victory for Wath Brow

Three penalty conversions from Wath Brow’s Fran King proved crucial as the Cumbrians won their Conference Premier clash at East Hull 24-20.

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Wath Brow's Francis King

After a good opening spell it wasn’t long before the Hornets had registered their first points of the afternoon as Jamie Devine went over and King converted.

On 17 minutes the Hornets increased their lead after some good work from their forwards eventually released the powerful James Dixon who barged his way through the home defence to touch down. Again King converted.

The home side then had a good spell with prop Tommy Hewland and Liam Reid combining well before Ryan Spouse broke loose on the right to race in from 20 metres for an unconverted try.

Both teams were now struggling with the searing heat but East’s adapted better to the conditions and all their hard work was rewarded as both Lee Roberts and half back Mat Spenceley crossed for tries, one converted by Lee Cator for a 14-12 lead.

With only seconds of the half remaining East’s indiscipline cost them as the Hornets were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks in which King converted.

From the re-start the Hornets took the game to the home side and more indiscipline earned the Brow another penalty which King converted.

East’s fought back on 60 minutes when good work from half back Tommy Brett split the Hornets defence before releasing Reid who burst through Brow’s defence to score.

Spenceley converted and East Hull led 20-16.

In the final quarter of the game the Hornets upped the tempo and Ryan Doran, Karl Dixon and Callum Phillips gave East’s a host of problems.

Phillips thought he had touched down only to be cancelled out by the touch judge.

It was now that cracks started to appear in the East’s defence as the extreme heat took its toll, and prop Richard Huby crashed over for the all-important try as King’s conversion gave them a 22-20 lead.

The final nail in the coffin came when East’s again gave away a silly penalty which King converted to complete a well-deserved and hard-fought victory.


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