Midlands 2 West (N) 
15th January 2022, 2:15 pm
Uttoxeter
10 - 24
Longton 1st XV
Uttoxeter Rugby Club

Match Report

Longton scored a 5 point bonus point win at Uttoxeter by 24pts.to 10. They had travelled to their opponents minus key forwards, Gaz Rawlings, Rich Thompson, Ricky Bentley, Martin Ellis and Eroni Lukaku but despite this were dominant in the scrums with skipper, Pete Wilshaw, leading the way with some storming charges.

The visitors took the lead after just two minutes when their pack drove forward, first to the left and then the right before prop, Ant Cornwell, crashed over in the corner. Grant Hallam’s conversion attempt fell short but Longton led by 5pts. to nil. Uttoxeter came back strongly and were willing to spin the ball wide at every opportunity before Longton conceded a penalty some 35m. out from the Longton line. The kick was superbly struck between the uprights to reduce the arrears to 5-3pts.

For the next 15mins. Longton were on top territorially but could not pierce the home defence. However, the next try was one of the best with Longton moving the ball from halfway through several pairs of hands culminating in Tom Hughes storming over for a superb try. Grant Hallam converted to put Longton in front by 12-3pts. Five minutes later Uttoxeter lost fly-half, Tom Sherratt to a yellow card for killing the ball. While he was in the sin bin Longton scored their third try through their pack with James Mountford joining the pack to get the touchdown. Grant Hallam converted to make it 19-3pts. at half-time.

Early in the second-half Longton scored their 4th. and bonus point try through replacement centre, Tom Durmigan to go 24-3pts.up but from then on Longton took their foot off the gas, having lost hooker, George Glenn to a leg injury, to allow Uttoxeter to attack with frequent incursions into the visitors’ “22”. However, the defence was good with Joe Hall prominent in midfield. It was just into stoppage time when Uttoxeter managed to score their only try which was converted to make the final score 24-10pts. to Longton taking them into 4th. place in the table.

Next Saturday Longton are at home to Tamworth in a match re-arranged after Tamworth had suffered a number of Covid outbreaks on the original date.

M Wheat.