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Your News Hutton 12 - Tarleton 7

Following last weekends disappointing defeat to Hawcoat Park, Hutton were looking to bounce back against their local rivals Tarleton. The game was played in blustery conditions with the pitch just about surviving the weeks rain.

After two close encounters last season, Hutton knew they were going to be in for a tough game, and this proved to be the case third time around.

The game began at a ferocious pace with both sides competing well at the breakdown and securing turnover ball. Defence was on top in the early stages as the majority of the game was played out in the middle of the park. Tensions were high between both sets of forwards as the ruck and maul areas were becoming more important. With Hutton looking to keep the play tight in the forwards, the home side looked to use the rolling maul to gain a territorial advantage but came up against spirited defence once again. Tarleton were getting limited success from their kick and chase tactics, with Hutton dealing with the majority of the high balls put up by the visitors. Hutton began to get a footing in the game and enjoyed a sustained period of pressure in the Tarleton following good kicks to the corner. Again, the rolling maul provided Hutton with their best opening in the half. A succession of pick and drives took Hutton towards the try line, but Tarleton marshalled their defence well to withstand everything that was thrown at them. With time running out in the half, Hutton mounted a final push to the Tarleton line. Clean lineout ball set the platform for a maul, and after this was brought down, Hutton recycled the ball well and this allowed John Moore to crash over from close range. Andy Tobutt added the conversion to give Hutton a 7-0 advantage.

Hutton began the second half looking to carry the momentum from the final play of the first half. With conditions under foot worsening by the minute, both sides were struggling to play any real phases. Tarleton looked brighter in the opening minutes of the half and forced the home side back into their own territory. Hutton struggled to get out of their half with errors creeping into the game. Tarleton capitalized on these errors and a series of phases saw the visitors edge closer to the line. After a maul was brought down, Tarleton created an overlap to score in the corner. The conversion was added to tie the score at 7-7. Hutton hadnt really started in the second half, and the try seem to stir the home side into action. After claiming the restart, Hutton went onto the front foot forcing Tarleton into their defensive work of the half. Backed by some intelligent kicking, it was the Hutton forward unit who took control and used their rolling maul to good effect in Tarleton territory. A penalty awarded at the breakdown gave Hutton the chance to take the lead, but Tobutts effort hit the post. The rebound fell kindly into Tarleton arms but the clearance gave the ball straight back to the home side. Hutton werent to be denied again, and after good recycling of the ball and breaks from the back of the maul, Tom Bailey found himself with the ball and touched down in the corner. The conversion drifted just wide to leave Hutton with a 12-7 lead. As the clock ticked towards the final minutes, Tarleton had a good spell of possession but were unable to break the Hutton defence and were guilty of kicking away ball again. Hutton weathered the storm and held on to secure a hard-earned victory. Next week, Hutton travel to Bury in a rearranged fixture.

Tries: J. Moore, T. Bailey

Conv: A. Tobutt

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