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Your News Didsbury Toc H 28 - Hutton 12

Hutton put up a brave performance but were unable to turn possession into points as they fell to defeat at second placed Didsbury. Hutton went into the game with only 15 fit players available and with players playing out of position, the lack of numbers ultimately proved to be decisive.

The game began at a fast pace, with the hosts taking the game to Hutton in the early stages. Hutton were well organised in defence and resisted the opening attacks, and soon found themselves in Didsbury territory. A series of scrums allowed Hutton to apply some early pressure in the pack, and it was from a scrum that the visitors took the lead. Number 8 Kevin Strange broke from the base and linked well with Jerry Sturgess. Scrum half Sturgess offload found Strange who powered over to score in the corner to give Hutton a 5-0 advantage. Didsbury responded well, and they kicked intelligently to force themselves into Huttons 22. The visitors were penalised at the breakdown and this allowed Toc H their first points of the afternoon, and a penalty under the posts was converted to cut Huttons lead to 5-3. This was the springboard for Didsbury to mount further attacks and Hutton soon found themselves on the back foot. Lazy defending allowed the hosts space down the wing and this resulted in a try in the corner to give the home side an 8-5 lead. Hutton fought their way back into the game with clean lineout ball and rolling mauls but the Didsbury withstood a period of pressure and came away unscathed. Another penalty decision at the tackle early presented the home side with their final points of the half and the successful kick gave Toc H an 11-5 lead.

Toc H restarted the second half applied some early pressure which the Hutton defence withstood. Hutton then had a sustained period of possession and territory following some clever kicking into the Didsbury 22. The home defence held firm and Hutton were unable to breach the line as rolling mauls were held up short and key penalty decisions went against the Hutton side. It was then Toc Hs turn to enjoy a spell of pressure, but it was the defence on top again until an injury forced Hutton down to 14 men. With time remaining in the game, and trailing by only 5 points, Hutton still had hope but were penalised too often at the tackle area and breakdown. Any thoughts of a comeback were dashed within 5 minutes as a quick brace of tries stretched the home sides lead. With Hutton short of numbers in midfield, the hosts found gaps to score their second try under the posts and then run in their third try in the corner. Hutton refused to give in, and continued to run the ball at every opportunity. A blindside break from Andy Tobutt found Craig Dootson, and Dootson showed great pace to break clear and touch down under the posts. Tobutt converted to bring the scoreline to 23-12. With time running out, Didsbury rounded off the scoring when another overlap allowed the centre space to break clear and complete a 28-12 victory.

This was a better performance from the Hutton side, and despite the low numbers, made enough chances to score more points. A home game against Old Bedians is next on the fixture list and Hutton will look to secure their next league win back at HQ.

Tries: K. Strange, C. Dootson

Conv: A. Tobutt

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