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Your News Hutton take points against former club Tarleton

Saturday 31st January

North Lancs 2

Hutton 17 (7) (3) 3 Tarleton

Hutton moved to the top of North Lancs 2 with a battling victory over third-placed Tarleton. The eagerly awaited return clash between the two sides was played at a high tempo throughout and despite the blustery conditions, it proved to be an entertaining encounter.

Tarleton began the stronger side and enjoyed early periods of possession, using their kicking tactics to good effect. It took the home side a while to establish themselves in the game and a couple of early penalty opportunities were missed by the visitors. Huttons indiscipline at the ruck area went unpunished. The home side were gaining an advantage in the scrum, and competed well at the lineout, as both sides were matching each other in the first quarter of the game. Tarleton were reduced to 14 men midway through the half, and with the numerical advantage, Hutton played more of the game in the opponents 22. With good territory and possession, the home side opened the scoring from a 5-metre scrum. The pack drove their way to the line and number 8 Adi Harrison had the easy task of scoring, and Tobutts conversion gave Hutton a 7-0 lead. Tarleton responded well and forced Hutton into some defensive work, but were unable to cross the line, however they did register a penalty attempt just before half-time to leave the score 7-3.

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first and saw Tarleton enjoy early possession in midfield, however failed to find an end product. Hutton upped the tempo soon after and began running some good phases of play with the forwards linking well with the backs. The home side were dictating the pace of the game and kicked well into the corner to force a series of lineouts. It was from a lineout that Hutton scored their second try of the game, winning clean ball and then rolling a maul towards the Tarleton line. Scrum half Caslake marshalled his pack to the line and was able to dive over from close range. The conversion attempt drifted wide so Huttons lead stayed at 12-3. Minutes later, Hutton made sure of victory with their third try. Harrison broke from the back of a scrum and offloaded to Livermore, who found the supporting Caslake to score his second try of the afternoon. This spell of play killed off Tarletons resistance and in the final quarter, both sides had men yellow carded for infringements at the breakdown. Hutton had a couple of opportunities to score further tries but a foot in touch and then misplaced pass, went against the home side.

This was another important victory for Hutton who registered a league double over their local rivals without conceding a try, maintaining their unbeaten record in the process. Windermeres defeat meant Hutton take over at the top of the league with a far superior points difference. Next week, Clitheroe are the visitors to HQ.

Tries: P. Caslake 2, A. Harrison

Cons: A. Tobutt

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