University of Salford ‘NWL’
Division 4 East
Aldwinians 3rd XV 6
Hope Valley 1st XV 17
Hope Valley looked to maintain their dominance of Division 4 East on an away trip to Aldwinians 3rd XV on Saturday.
On a wet and windy afternoon, the Valley pack looked to take the game to the home side.
The conditions made the game scrappy, but Ryder was still able to make ground down the wing.
Further attacks from Russell and Wain showed the Hope forwards were up for the game.
Pressure in the Aldwinians half saw J McGuigan cross the line, but the try was disallowed.
The Valley pack were dominating in the scrum and line-out, with Gladstone and Spencer stealing opposition balls.
The forwards were also tackling strongly, especially Bines and Moseley. They were unable to turn this pressure into points, and the home side were awarded a penalty to put them into the lead.
From the restart, Valley again made ground, with Russell setting up T McGuigan for a long-range drop goal to even the scores.
A great break from J McGuigan, evading four Aldwinians tacklers, was stopped short, and the sides finished the first half level at 3-3.
Armstrong replaced Gladstone, with Orton replacing Williams for his first team debut. Valley now had the wind at their back, and again attacked into Aldwinians territory.
A clever kick from T McGuigan eluded the defenders, with J McGuigan speeding through to gather and score under the posts, T McGuigan kicking the conversion.
In a tight game the Valley pack continued to earn their corn, with some great scrummaging to keep Aldwinians on the back foot.
Eyre was prominent at hooker. Armstrong and Johnson made ground, but the home defence held firm.
Sampson and Woodall came on for Bines and Boundy, then more emphatic Hope scrummaging saw the ball go down the back line and J McGuigan again scored to cement his position as leading scorer, converting his own try to make it 17-3.
Aldwinians again fought back, with concerted pressure on the Valley try line, but the defence held firm, with the Hope tacklers forcing the opposition back time after time.The impressive Bines pounced on a loose ball to set up the clearance.
Turner replaced Spencer and was quickly involved in the tackling, but then Valley indiscipline saw Woodhouse yellow carded.
Aldwinians could not capitalise save for a drop goal in the final minutes. Man of the Match: S Boundy.