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23
MAR

Hutton made it 4 wins in a row with a battling display against Birchfield which moved the team up to fifth place in the league table. The win also meant that Hutton completed another league double this season.

Hutton showed their intent from the first whistle, and looked to keep the ball alive at every occasion and made the ideal start to the game. After recycling the ball from third phase possession, Hutton spun the ball wide into the hands of full back Craig Dootson who beat the defence on the outside to open the scoring inside the first minute. The home side continued to dominate early possession and were unlucky not to add to their early try with a couple of good handling moves being called back for a knock on and forward pass. The home side were using the high ball to put pressure on the visitors’ full back and chased kicks well to gain good field position. Hutton didn’t have to wait too long for their second try when a quickly taken tap penalty from hooker Ross Horton caught the Birchfield defence on the back foot. Horton showed good pace to break the defensive line and cross in the corner. With their lineout working well, Hutton were again dominating up front and the visitors’ pack had no answer to the rolling maul. It was from a rolling maul that Hutton added their third try of the afternoon. After winning their lineout, Hutton drove inside the Birchfield 22 and kept going until insight of the line where Brad Horton controlled the ball to burrow over and extend Hutton’s lead to 15-0. Despite this lead, Hutton had to defend for the remainder of the half as their ill-discipline cost them field position at vital occasions. Birchfield, however, were unable to breach the Hutton line and the home side’s lead remained intact until half time.

Hutton were trying to match their start to the first half and took the game inside the Birchfield half once again. After securing ball from the lineout, the visitors were adjudged offside in midfield which gave Andy Tobutt the chance to convert a penalty to give Hutton an 18-0 lead. The visitors slowly began to grow in confidence and became more of a threat in the game. A series of penalties against the home side gave Birchfield good field position, and a handling move allowed the visitors’ centre run a good line to break clear and score under the posts. After getting themselves back into the game, Birchfield were penalised after the restart which presented another opportunity for Tobutt to knock over 3 points to take Hutton’s advantage to 21-7. Birchfield looked to get on the front foot again and tested the home side’s resolve with good handling and interplay. A try saving tackle in the corner kept Birchfield out, but minutes later they weren’t to be denied from a tap penalty on the 5m line. Despite looking to have been held up, the referee awarded the try which was converted to bring the scoreline to 21-14. The final minutes saw Hutton enjoy their best spell of possession and pressure inside the opposition 22, and after driving a Birchfield scrum back, the ball spilled out to number 8 Tom Bailey who broke clear to dive over. Tobutt added the conversion to complete the victory.

Next week sees Hutton travel to Ashton-under-Lyne looking to continue their recent run of form.

Tries: C. Dootson, R. Horton, B. Horton, T. Bailey

Conv: A. Tobutt

Pen: A. Tobutt 2

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