Longton 1st XV 17 v 34 Hereford
A young Longton side fought bravely at home to Hereford but went down by 34 – 17pts.to the more experienced team.
The home team, without leading scorer Sam Evans, got off to the worst possible start by conceding a try after just two minutes as Hereford moved the ball quickly right before making a break in the centre and touching down under the posts. The simple conversion made it 7 – 0pts.
Longton came back strongly and, after a whole series of attacks, which had been successfully thwarted, scored out wide through Jake Boatfeld. Scott Rawlings put over a superb conversion from wide out to level the scores at 7 points all
Hereford were enjoying the bulk of possession but Longton defended well and for their part applied a great deal of pressure inside the visitors’ “22”. However, no score resulted as Hereford defended stubbornly on their own line.
Twenty-six minutes had elapsed when Hereford scored their second try. It came from a lineout only 5m. out leading to several driving mauls to finally touch down. The conversion failed,making it 12 – 7pts. More Hereford possession and pressure produced a penalty in front of the posts in the 33rd. minute; the easy kick made it 15 – 7pts.
The 40 minutes were up on the clock when Hereford ran the ball from their own “22”. Several poor tackles led to the try which was converted to make the half-time score 22 – 7pts.
The second half began as disastrously as the first as Hereford scored a try after 2mins. by moving the ball wide out at pace. The conversion missed, the score now being 27 – 7pts, leaving Longton a mountain to climb to get back into the game. However, 5 minutes later Longton scored their second try after several drives from the pack. The conversion just shaved the outside of the right post leaving the score at 27 – 12pts.
There was a lull in the scoring for the next 16mins. before Hereford struck again starting down the left wing and finishing under the posts. The conversion made it 34 – 12pts.
The following 17mins. saw no additions to the score, Longton being guilty of a number of dropped passes when in good attacking positions inside the Hereford “22”.
With the last play of the game Longton added their third try, again through Jake Boatfeld on the left wing. The difficult conversion from the touchline fell short making the final score 34 – 17pts. to Hereford.
There were a number of positives for Longton to take from the game; some determined running from both backs and forwards and if only the error count can be reduced in attack and defence better times should lie ahead as the young players gain in experience at this level. Once again, Pete Wilshaw led by example and was outstanding at No.8.
Next week Longton travel to Worcester Wanderers.