A Team report

Burnley 2nds 15 – 34 Hawcoat Park A

Saturday 5th December 2019

Met at club 11 am with several named players not turning up, lots of unanswered telephone calls made by Jason Meadows, finally someone said ring Luke Shaw he might come, our prayers were answered, “come and pick me up at home” great answer Luke and you had a great game. We set forth at 11.45 with 14 players and one disappointment which was we didn’t have time to stop at the pie shop. Arrived at Burnley 1.50 (good job captain and bus driver Martin Kennedy knew where he was going) with 14 men which included 5 second rows but no hooker. I have never seen a second row “Rory Sayle” so excited to be playing centre in the backs, he said “I love playing in the backs” to which I said “I hate to see you playing in the backs” on saying that he had a really good game for us.

Kicked off 5 minutes late on a fresh day for spectators, after 10 minutes Burnley were awarded a penalty which they kicked 3-0. Hawcoat were coming to terms with players playing out of position and being a man down when from a scrum in the 12th minute Burnley sliced through our line to score and convert 10-0. Hawcoat were getting a fair share of possession from our young pack who
were tackling hard and running well with ball in hand, following some good drives and recycling by Hawcoat Burnley were penalised for Adam Williamson to step up and put 3 points on the board 10-3 in the 18th minute. Hawcoat were playing as if they had 15 on the park and soon scored a converted try when from a scrum on the half way the ball was transferred out to the backs for Rory Sayle to break the line and supply the pass to fellow centre Charlie Elmsley to show a clean pair of heels to go under the posts unopposed cv Williamson and on level terms 10 – 10. Hawcoat were putting some good phases of play together with Corey Doughty having a fine game running onto the ball gaining 10’s of yards, ball being recycled for Jordan Bayliff to run at the Burnley pack
followed by Luke Shaw “darting” at gaps and finally the ball recycled again to Big Paul Woodburn crashing over the white wash to score, cv Adam Williamson making the half time score 10 -17.

The second half was only 2 minutes old when the ref brandished a yellow card to Hawcoat for a technical offence making 13 men against 15 for 10 minutes. Only some aggresive tackling by the likes of Jake Rigg, Austin Meadows and Peter Matthews playing at hooker assisted by the rest of the pack kept our line in tact for the full 10 minutes. In the 54th minute following sustained pressure on the Hawcoat line Burnley scored an unconverted try. 15 – 17. Hawcoat who were playing out of their socks as a team and were gaining in confidence with our backs snubbing out any attacks their opposition could muster and the forwards assisting by turning possession into ours. In the 57th minute new recruit number 8 Sam Warren who showed from the start that he knew how to play rugby took a quick tap penalty on the half way running at and evading would be tacklers to reach 5 metres from the try line for the ball to be clinically recycled for Scott Garnett to feed “CENTRE” Rory Sayle to run in a great team try, cv Williamson 15 – 24. Hawcoat were playing as though they were hungry for the ball when in the 60th minute Austin Meadows who was now playing at hooker ripped the ball from the opposition just in our half for Adam Williamson at fly half to kick deep into the Burnley 22, a great chase by the Hawcoat backs caught the defence in possession and the ball was turned over for Scott Garnett to throw a long pass to Jake Rigg who ran well to score, a great try to watch and the delight was on the players faces 15 – 29. Hawcoat were not
finished yet when from an error by Burnley not finding touch from a penalty kick Scott Garnett fielded the ball in our half beating the first 2 tacklers to link up with Peter Matthews who cut through the defence again setting up a ruck which went out rapid to find Full back Keenan Cotton in the line to take the scoring pass 15 – 34 the full time whistle was blown shortly after.

A great spirited display boys well led by captain and prop Martin Kennedy. Tackle well and play for one another and this can be the result.
Terry Williamson.

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