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Hereford beat Stoke-on-Trent to make fine start in Midlands One West
3:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
Hereford 46 pts Stoke-on-Trent 19 pts.
HEREFORD coach Mark Harris was delighted after his side kicked off their Midlands One campaign with an emphatic home win.
“I’m pleased with the way the team rose to the challenge,” he said. “Particularly as a number of regular players were not available for this game.”
Hereford scored seven tries to the visitors’ three but had to survive some early pressure before an exchange of passes between Josh Bell and Lloyd Collier put Ben Osborne away to touch down in the corner for the first try.
Connor Sullivan added the extra points with a fine kick from a difficult angle.
Sullivan kicked a penalty goal and then extended the Hereford lead to 17 points by adding the conversion after Jamie Bullock had driven over from close range.
A lapse of concentration let in Stoke for their first try but Hereford hit back with Jamie Bullock crashing over for his second try which Sullivan converted.
Bucllock also played a key role in the next score, breaking out before feeding Osborne who was caught close to the goalline. When the ball ran loose, Lewis Jordan gathered and went over to give Hereford a 29-5 interval lead.
Debutant Lloyd Collier, who had suffered an injury just before the interval, was replaced for the second-half by Gary Preece but Hereford’s rhythm was unimpaired as Alex Hickinbotham drove over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Stoke then enjoyed their best period of the game and scored two tries within five minutes while Harry Jenkins spent 10 minutes in the bin.
But, as soon as the Wyesiders were back to full strength, they crossed the line on two occasions, only to see the scores disallowed.
Hereford’s enterprise was finally rewarded for some enterprising play when both Nat Thomas and Osborne registered tries, one of which was converted by Preece.
“The final score was very satisfying and promises great things,” said spokesmen Robin Davies.
On a successful weekend for the Wyesiders, Hereford 3rd beat Bridgnorth 2nd 27-12 while the club’s colts beat Walsall 26-5.
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