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Your News Hutton 27 - Windermere 7

After a weeks break, Hutton returned to league action against fellow unbeaten side Windermere at HQ. The visitors arrived following a 41-point success at Hawcoat Park and were going to provide Hutton with another stern test.

Hutton were without Strange and Harrison and their absences meant a return for Jonny Caunce at Number 8. Conditions were boggy under foot and with a wind blowing directly down the field, Hutton chose to play with the breeze first half.

However, it was Windermere who began the livelier, and they applied early pressure in Huttons 22 with a series of scrums and lineouts. Huttons defence held firm and after weathering the early storm, the initiative was handed to the home side when the visitors had their flanker sin-binned. With their kicking game working well, Hutton gained territorial advantage and an penalty in front of goal from Andy Tobutt gave Hutton a 3-0 lead. The first try of the afternoon arrived following another kick to the corner and subsequent lineout. The pack won clean ball, set up a maul and rolled to the line allowing Jonny Caunce to crash over, the conversion fell short, 8-0. The pack were now beginning to get on top of the opposing forwards and a break down the right wing set up another opportunity for the home side. From the lineout, Hutton drove towards the line and Phil Caslake found Brad Horton, who powered over from close range. The conversion drifted wide to leave the score 13-0. Hutton finished the half with their third try of the game. Midfield pressure forced Windermere into a mistake, the ball was spilled and picked up by Tobutt who put Jim Goulden into space to score under the posts, Tobutts conversion making it 20-0 at half-time.

Windermere took the game to the home side early in the second half and Huttons defence had to deal with sustained periods of pressure. The home side rarely ventured out of their own half with Windermere trying everything to cross the line. Hutton were reduced to 14 men for killing the ball, and in that time, an overlap allowed the visitors to register a score with the conversion making it 20-7. Hutton began to lose their discipline and a number of silly penalties gave Windermere hope but the home side were resilient in defence. Forwards and backs tackled superbly and the visitors ran out of ideas. The scrum held firm under pressure and Hutton cleared their line when necessary. A great chase and tackle from a 22 drop-out gave Hutton a rare venture into the opposing half, and after 4 or 5 sets of hands, Jack Walmsley offloaded to Andy Tobutt in space to round off the scoring with Huttons 4th try and his conversion gave Hutton a 27-7 win.

This was an extremely hard-fought victory with Huttons defence the basis for their win and preserving their unbeaten start to the season. Hutton travel to Colne&Nelson next Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Tries: J.Caunce, B.Horton, J.Goulden, A.Tobutt

Cons: A.Tobutt 2

Pens: A.Tobutt

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