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Your News Hutton 15 - Ashton Under Lyme 7

Hutton made it 6 wins in 7 games as they ran out victors against a competitive Ashton under Lyne side. The weeks rain had taken its toll on the Hutton playing surface but the game went ahead with both sides separated by just one place in the league table. Like games previously, it was Huttons first half performance and a solid defensive effort in the second half, that were the deciding factors in the game.

Ashton started the game and claimed the ball from the kick-off, with Hutton having to be alert during the first phases. The early exchanges of play were a pattern for the game, with both fly-halves kicking for territory and both sets of backs chasing well to force good field position. Following a midfield high ball, Hutton were awarded a penalty at the breakdown within kicking range and Tobutt stepped up to give the home side an early 3-0 advantage. With both sides struggling to put any real phases of play together in the conditions, the Hutton forwards looked to secure ball and roll forward with their strong maul. A midfield break almost created the opening try of the afternoon, but the final pass allowed Ashton to null the attack and come away unscathed. Another period of possession from the home side saw the forwards take good lineout ball and rumble towards the Ashton try line, but with the visitors pack defending resolutely, the Hutton 8 could not find their way over the line. Hutton werent to be denied minutes later when, after a succession of scrums, the Ashton pack buckled under the pressure of the home scrum and the referee awarded a penalty try which was converted by Tobutt to give Hutton a 10-0 advantage. In the final minutes of the half, Ashton had a penalty attempt which hit the post and Hutton survived some pressure to get to the interval with their 10 point lead intact.

The second half began with Hutton knowing the next score would be vital to the outcome of the game. After a cagey opening spell of play for both sides, the home side set about playing some phases of rugby, and their early pressure paid off. Following a scrum in the Ashton 22, Hutton recycled the ball well in midfield and when the ball was spun out to the wing, Pete Sanderson cut inside well to dive over and take Hutton further ahead. The conversion missed to the left to leave Hutton with a 15-point lead. The try seemed to spur Ashton into life, as they set about trying to get back into the game. The visitors then had a sustained period of pressure in the Hutton half in which a series of scrums tested the strength of the Hutton pack. After holding the Ashton forwards at bay for a number of phases, an overlap created the opening for a try. A quick tap penalty was fed to the substitute front row forward who crashed over to give his side their first points. The added conversion took the score to 15-7. This was Ashtons best spell of the game and Hutton were relieved to see a close range penalty drift wide which kept their lead at 8 points. Hutton weathered this storm and played out the remaining time in the Ashton half recycling the ball well in the pack, and the visitors were reduced to 13 men in the closing minutes after two red cards were shown.

Another important win for Hutton in their quest to move clear of the bottom half of the table. Next week, the side travel to Trafford MV looking to continue the recent good form.

Tries: Penalty, P. Sanderson

Conv: A. Tobutt

Pens: A. Tobutt

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