Hornets Claim the Bragging Rights
The victorious Hornets team
Determined Hornets never gave up in their mission to avenge their recent home defeat against Rangers and after trailing for much of the match in their visit to the Gillfoot ground they snatched victory with only two minutes remaining on the clock. Substitute James Dixon powered his way over the whitewash with several defenders in tow. It was all on Peter Caddy’s conversion now and as cool as anything he slotted over the conversion to give the Brow a well deserved win 18 points to 17. Hornets looked a bit light in the pack with several influential players missing, including Scott Teare, Ryan Campbell and Dave Pettitt, but there was nothing between the teams in a fiercely contested game. With the home side’s Alistair Leak at the heart of the Egremont attack, and ex Hornet Gary Elliott and a trio of recent recruits from Whitehaven the home side always looked to be dangerous. But
It takes Rhys Davies and Clayton Elliott to hold James Devine.
Wath Brow had their top men on the day with Richard Huby leading their magnificent pack along with Leroy Joe, Ryan Doran Karl Dixon and youngster Charlie Tomlinson creating plenty of problems for the more experienced Egremont in mid field. The Brow took an early lead when Peter Caddy slotted over a penalty goal, and centre, Francis King, went in for a fantastic try after stepping past Brocklebank, Bewsher and Telford to extend the Hornets lead to 6- 0 This gave the Rangers a wake-up call and before long they were camped in the Brows half putting them under increasing Pressure with Leake and Whalley combining well in the middle of the field, on 34mns Whitehaven’s ex player Andreas Bauer broke through the visitors’ defence to touch down. Brocklebank converted and on the stroke of half time edged Egremont further ahead with a penalty goal giving his side a 8 points to 6 lead. From the re-start Egremont’s Clayton Sutton and Gary Elliott put the visitors under immediate pressure. From this Peter Bewsher crashed over the white wash, after breaking through the heart of the Hornets’ defence. Brocklebank converted and then two minutes later slotted over a field goal to give the home side a 15 points to 6 lead. However, Rangers were struggling to hold the powerful Brow forwards and it wasn’t long before the pressure was coverted into points as Centre Karl Dixon crossed the white wash, Caddy converted narrowing the score line 15 / 12. After Hornets gave away a silly penalty Rangers looked home and dry with a 17 – 12 lead, but the the visitors snatched the bragging rights and sweet revenge with their late converted try.