North Derbyshire Chargers 16, Hope Valley Hawks 42
RUGBY League side Hope Valley Hawks made it three wins on the spin in a testing fixture away to North Derbyshire Chargers.
After taking an early lead, the Chargers came back into the game up the slope until decisive scores from full-back Tom Bell and substitute wingman James Cave put the game beyond doubt, following some excellent lead play by centre William Brocklehurst.
Playing up the slope in the first half, Valley worked hard to establish field position and after settling down, skipper Shires made the first breakthrough with a short charge from dummy half.
The ever-dependable pack leader Martin Spencer ate up the metres in the middle with fellow prop Dominic Hunter. On the flanks, second-row Lee Orton continually exposed the Chargers’ smaller defenders and made huge inroads that led to a try which McGuigan converted.
A further score from Shires, following a break by the returning loose forward David Boam, extended Valley’s lead before the try of the game shortly before half-time.
McGuigan, bossing the game from scrum-half, swung the ball wide where the impressive Brocklehurst burst through two tackles before standing in a third to offload to Shires who charged up the slope. With the full-back and wingers closing in, Ethan Bagshawe was on hand to finish a 60-metre move.
Playing down the slope, youngster Sam Passingham showed power and pace in both attack and defence to bag a brace of tries in only his second game of rugby league.
The Chargers came back into the game on the back of Valley indiscipline, posting four tries up the slope despite the fantastic cover tackles of Tharme-Loose on the wing.
With nerves jangling, Bell sealed the points with his well-taken try from a set-piece before Cave put the icing on the cake with his first try this season.
* The Hawks’ next fixture is on Saturday June 9 when they host the Chargers at Castleton Playing Fields (2.30pm start).