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DEC

Hutton were made to work hard for another away-day success as they secured a narrow victory at Birchfield. Hutton welcomed back Strange, Bailey, Harris, Sturgess and Goulden to their starting line up, with the side looking to build on last weekend’s win at Bury.

Hutton kicked off and from the first breakdown of the game, the home side were penalised for going off their feet at the ruck which presented Hutton with the opportunity for an early penalty. Tobutt’s effort had the legs to give the visitors the ideal start, 3-0 ahead inside the first minutes. The next passage of play involved both sides in a kicking duel, with both looking to turn their opponents’ back line and gain territory. The lineout was working to Hutton’s advantage as they were able to set up rolling mauls to take the ball into the Birchfield half, however the backs were unable to break the home side defence. A second penalty awarded at the breakdown gave Tobutt his second kick at goal, which he converted to extend the lead to 6-0. Birchfield responded well and took the game to the visitors from the restart as a knock on provided them with a platform to launch an attack. A kick to the corner gave Birchfield good field position and a quickly taken lineout caught the visitors off guard. Hutton failed to react and the home side cut through the defence to score under the posts for a converted try to give Birchfield a 7-6 lead. This time it was Hutton who had to respond well and another penalty gave Hutton the option to kick into the corner. From the resulting lineout, the visitors secured clean ball and rolled the maul to the Birchfield line. As the pack drove to the tryline, Brad Horton held the ball and dived over to give Hutton the lead. Tobutt added the conversion to take the scoreline to 13-7. A third Tobutt penalty of the half gave Hutton a 16-7 advantage going into the break.

Birchfield began the second half looking to force the issue and take the game to the visitors. Again, the kicking battle proved to be crucial in the early stages with Hutton struggling to get out of their half. Birchfield’s early pressure paid off as a quickly taken penalty caught Hutton napping and they created an overlap to score in the corner. The conversion missed to leave Hutton with a 16-12 lead. The try brought Hutton to life in the second half, with both packs competing fiercely at the breakdown, but penalty decisions against each side disrupted the flow of any attacks. Midway through the half Hutton enjoyed their best spell of possession; kicks to the corner and good phases of ball retention saw the visitors push for the next score. However, when Hutton were penalised again, it gave the home side the chance to clear and take play back up to halfway. Having weathered the Hutton attacks, Birchfield set about finding a winning score. This time it was the visitors’ defence that held firm as Birchfield were guilty of a knock on at crucial stages of the game. An interception from Tom Bailey led to a Hutton attack but the support play was slow in arriving and the try threat was diffused by the covering defence. The final minutes of the game saw Hutton defend strongly, with the home side being reduced to 14 following a stamping incident. Hutton held on for a vital win, and despite being outscored by 2 tries to 1, their better structure of play was rewarded. Hutton are back in action this weekend when they play host to Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Tries: B. Horton

Conv: A. Tobutt

Pens: A. Tobutt 3

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