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Derby delight for Hollisme

     
       
   

HORNSEA STARTED 2019 as they ended 2018 with a rampant home display against a hard-working Withernsea side to take the derby honours and complete the league double over their old rivals. In doing so it saw them win three league games in a row for the first time in six years.

After the Christmas break it was important to get some momentum early on in the game, and that is what Hornsea achieved as they quickly got into an uptempo rhythm. Two early tries, both scored by Hornsea fly-half Mark Thomas were due reward for the Hollismen as they looked very fluent with ball in hand.

Jamie Maltas, Joe Andrew and Tom Copeland all played key parts in the tries, with Copeland playing some fine wing play to give the final pass to Thomas on both occasions, the latter’s support lines were great examples of running off the ball. Maltas kicked one of the conversions to give Hornsea a 12-0 lead.

From the restart Hornsea scored immediately, in superb style by prop forward Tim Griffiths. Griffiths jumped the highest to collect the kick-off, he then fended off two defenders before racing 55 metres to the line to score a fantastic try.

This three-try burst by Hornsea seemed to spur Withernsea into life and some sustained pressure saw them score a wellworked try to reduce the deficit to 17-5, this was the first try Hornsea had conceded in 190 minutes of rugby.

In the final ten minutes of the half Hornsea scored two further tries, the first by Liam Tudor-Bateman, who picked a sublime line and ran with real pace and power to burst through the spirited Withernsea defence to score. The second and final try of the half was scored by Mark Thomas which completed a hat-trick, a first for the fly-half for the club which was well deserved, Maltas converted.

In the final minute of the half Withernsea scored another well-worked try which meant the half ended with Hornsea having a 29-10 lead at the interval.

The second half was a slightly more even affair with Hornsea scoring two tries to Withernsea’s one. Brandon Leggett showed electric pace to intercept on his own 22-yard line to race to the line to score a fine individual try. And Andy Finch showed great feet to score a fine winger’s try out wide after Owen Kitchen and Gareth Laycock had earlier won back possession for Hornsea.

Withernsea scored the final try of the game to give a final score of Hornsea 39 Withernsea 15 in what was a very entertaining local derby.

 
         
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