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Your News Blackpool 5 - Hutton 69

Hutton maintained their position at the top of North Lancs 2 with a convincing away victory at Blackpool. The home side struggled to contain the fast-flowing rugby of Hutton who ran in 11 tries on a blustery afternoon. The opening quarter of the game was a scrappy affair with Hutton wasting good chances to score and Blackpool kicking away most of their possession. After a long period of territory, Hutton registered their first try when Craig Cameron broke clear to touch down under the posts. Andy Tobutt converted for a 7-0 lead. A lineout and rolling maul was the platform for Huttons second try, and after a couple of drives were held up short, Brad Horton drove over the line from close range. From the restart, Hutton mounted another attack and after good support play down the blindside, Craig Cameron found himself in space to score his second try. Tobutt added the extras, 19-0. Another counter attack from the kick-off resulted in Huttons fourth try of the half, Aidy Harrison broke through and found Kevin Strange in support who touched down. Tobutts conversion increased the lead to 26-0. Hutton could have extended their lead further, but were not as clinical as they should have been, and missed a couple of try-scoring opportunities before half-time.

With the wind behind them, Hutton started the second half as they finished the first, pressing the hosts into mistakes and enjoying the majority of possession. After a midfield scrum, scrum-half Tom Noott made a clean break and evaded tacklers to score the fifth try of the game, with Tobutt converting. Another quick attack from the restart saw Hutton break through again, this time Strange finding Harrison in support to score underneath the posts. The easy conversion took the lead up to 40-0. It was very much one-way traffic, and a series of forward drives took the ball up to Blackpools line and Jack Walmsley crashed over for the seventh try. Pete Sanderson was next to cross for Hutton, when a good handling move put the winger clean through to score in the corner. Tobutts conversion made it 52-0. After a turnover in their own half, a quick counter attack by Cameron found Ben Fleetwood in support to score the ninth try. Despite the points difference, Blackpool continued to run the ball at every opportunity and after forcing Hutton into a couple of mistakes, they were rewarded with a try. The home side won a scrum against the head, and Pools number 8 picked up and dived over, 59-5. Hutton responded to this score in positive fashion and finished the game with a further two tries. Firstly, Damien Mercer found himself in the back line to drive over and then Adam Livermore capitalised on some defensive hesitancy in the final minute to score in the corner.

The win leaves Hutton two points clear in top spot, with a game in hand on nearest rivals Windermere. Next weekends visit to Clitheroe is another important game as Hutton look for another victory.

Tries: C. Cameron 2, B. Horton, K. Strange, T. Noott, A. Harrison, J. Walmsley, P. Sanderson, B. Fleetwood, D. Mercer, A. Livermore.

Cons: A. Tobutt 7

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