Hereford held in Midlands One West but preserve unbeaten record at Barkers Butts (From Hereford Times)
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Hereford held in Midlands One West but preserve unbeaten record at Barkers Butts
4:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
Barkers Butts 24 pts Hereford 24 DEPLETED Hereford needed a penalty from Dean Powell two minutes from time to maintain their unbeaten record in Midlands One West.
With six players absent, Hereford did well to battle back from an early 14-point deficit to gain their hard-earned draw.
While Wyesiders spokesman Robin Davies said: “The final score was a fair reflection of the play,” his opposite number Bob Roberts put the result in context.
“This game must rate as the best performance by a Barkers’ first XV for many years,” he said. “Hereford were top of the table. “They had averaged over 40 points per game so far this season and had conceded only 27.”
The home side took the lead on nine minutes with a converted try from skipper Matt Woodridge and doubled their score five minutes later, with centre Rob Knox powering through.
Hereford hit back almost immediately with Jake Smithers and Alex Hickinbotham involved in the move which saw man-of-the-match Perry Pudge score under the posts.
Dean Powell converted and again added the extra points after Day had gone over in the corner.
Barkers regained the lead early in the second half with a well-struck Tom Stokes penalty but Hereford were swiftly back on the attack.
James Watters’ scything run took him to the Barkers line and then Smithers, skipper Ali McColl and Powell combined to set Pudge through a defensive gap to score under the posts.
Powell again added the conversion as Hereford went ahead for the first time.
The home side struck back to score a converted try through Mike Greevy but the Wyesiders refused to give in and, after a period of pressure were awarded a penalty 30 yards out.
Powell kept his nerve under pressure to land the kick.
Hereford 2nd, with 12 changes from the previous week’s winning side, were battered 69-0 by Old Halesonians 2nd.
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