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Your News Hutton 41 - Hawcoat Park 5

Hutton avenged their defeat earlier in the season with a comprehensive seven-try victory over Hawcoat Park. With the teams separated by just one point and one place before kick off, Huttons win consolidated their top 6 place with games in hand on their nearest rivals.

Hutton began brightly, taking advantage of a poor kick-off by the visitors, and kicked well into the corner to gain early territorial advantage. Hawcoat responded well and the early stages turned into a kicking duel. After being awarded a penalty at the breakdown, Hutton found a good touch inside the 22 to set up a lineout. The forwards won clean ball and set a powerful rolling maul which Hawcoats pack had no answer to. Prop Damien Mercer controlled the ball at the back of the drive and went over for the first try of the afternoon. Andy Tobutt added the extras to take Hutton into a 7-0 lead. Huttons pace in the backline was proving too much for the visitors defence and this led to their second try. A good handling move put centre Adam Wood into space and he found winger Andy Jackson in support to finish off a flowing move in the corner, 12-0. The two tries seemed to act as a wake-up call to Hawcoat, who became more of a threat as the half wore on. Hutton were not helping matters either, as they were guilty of far too many offences which were penalised by the referee and allowed Hawcoat to get back into the game. Hutton were reduced to 14 men in this period as try scorer Mercer was shown a yellow card. After the Hawcoat pack was held up over the line, the visitors were not to be denied on the stroke of half-time. A tap penalty on the 5m line resulted in the Hawcoat prop driving over from close range to narrow the deficit to 12-5.

With the game evenly poised, Hutton started the second half looking to eliminate the number of penalties from their game and knowing they had to raise their game. Good team interplay saw Hutton break down the blindside but the covering defence was on hand to stop the home side. Further pressure at the set piece gave Hutton the advantage with the rolling maul working to good effect once more. This set the platform for the backs to link well and another handling move put winger Jackson into space and he rounded the defence to score in the corner, 17-5. Minutes later, and Huttons advantage increased further, as the ball broke down the right wing it found its way into Craig Dootsons arms and the full back raced clear to score under the posts for a converted try. The home side were now very much on top and refused to let Hawcoat get over the gain line. Hutton refused a penalty in front of the posts in favour of a kick to the corner, and from the resulting 5m lineout, the forwards dominated their opposing pack to allow prop Brad Horton to crash over from close range, 29-5. The sixth try of the afternoon was well worked by the Hutton side as they created an overlap which allowed Tobutt to put Wood into space and the centre evaded the tacklers to score under the posts for a converted try. From the restart, Hutton recycled the ball well and fed winger Jackson who showed great pace once again to complete his hat-trick with a fine solo effort.

Hutton withstood some late pressure to see out the game and complete a good all-round performance, which sets the side up for next weeks trip to local rivals Tarleton.

Tries: A. Jackson 3, D. Mercer, C. Dootson, B. Horton, A. Wood

Conv: A. Tobutt 3

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