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23
NOV

Hutton produced their best display of the season to date with a convincing five-try victory against fifth placed Birchfield. The result was Hutton’s fourth successive bonus point win and lifted them into third position in the league table.

Both sides began the game brightly, as they kicked to gain territorial advantages and ran the ball in the opening minutes. The home side opened the scoring in their first venture to the Birchfield 22. A rolling maul had the visitors on the back foot, and as the ball went into midfield, a line break was called back for an offside offence. Hutton opted for the three points, and Adam Wood stroked over the penalty to give the home side a 3-0 lead. Birchfield’s response was immediate and they found themselves inside Hutton territory following a kick into the corner. A series of phases of play took the visitors up to the Hutton line and a close range drive resulted in the first try of the game. The conversion was added to for a 7-3 advantage. Hutton’s response was positive, and they began to take control at the set piece situations with the pack bossing the scrums. From a 5m scrum, Hutton won clean ball and rolled towards the visitors’ line. With the forwards in control and driving over the line, number 8 Kev Strange came up with ball to restore the home side’s lead at 8-7. Hutton added to their narrow advantage midway through the half when Wood landed a second penalty after an infringement at the breakdown. Despite the lead, Hutton were guilty of throwing the ball wide too early, and Birchfield were able to deal with any threats. With an advantage in the pack, Hutton kicked to the corner for a lineout inside the Birchfield 22. Again, clean ball was won and the forwards drove towards the tryline once more. With the line in sight, prop Brad Horton crashed over for Hutton’s second try, resulting in slaps on the back for the forward pack. Wood’s conversion stretched the lead to 18-7. In the closing minutes of the half, Wood added a third conversion from in front of the posts for a 21-7 half time scoreline.

Hutton won the ball from their own restart and set about looking for the next score which would be crucial to the outcome. A loose ball was tidied up in midfield, and recycled to scrum half Craig Dootson who set off on a mazy run through the defence to score a fine individual effort under the posts. The ideal start to the second half was completed as Wood added the conversion for a 28-7 lead. The try shook Birchfield into action and they set about overturning the deficit with a period of pressure inside the Hutton half. A succession of needless penalties gave the visitors some momentum but they were unable to find a way through Hutton’s well marshalled defence. Hutton forced a number of turnovers which allowed the backline chance to clear and reach halfway. The game was made safe when good handling down the right wing saw the ball end up in Wood’s hands. He showed great footwork to avoid the would-be tacklers and sprint clear for Hutton’s fourth try of the game. Not to be outdone, minutes later, Dootson found himself jinking through the defence after a break from the base of a scrum to dive over in the corner, 40-7. Birchfield’s discipline nearly cost them a sixth try as they found themselves on their own line but they resisted another Hutton attack. The visitors finished with 14 men after a sin binning in the closing minutes. Hutton finished on the front foot and ran out deserving victors.

Another stern test faces the side next week as they travel to Bolton, but they will be looking to secure a fifth straight win.

Tries: C. Dootson 2, K. Strange, B. Horton, A. Wood

Conv: A. Wood 3

Pens: A. Wood 3

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