First league win

HOPE Valley Hawks secured their first ever victory when they beat Nottingham Outlaws B.

The Hawks put pressure on the hosts from the start, forcing a knock-on and getting the put-in at the scrum.

Good running from Orton gained more ground, and a good jinking run from McGuigan brought him the first try, converted by Warren.

Valley tackled strongly to test the Outlaws. The ball was turned over in the tackle, and the Hawks scored again through Sampson, with Warren converting.

Good kicking put Nottingham on the back foot, with the ball being worked out wide for Elliott to score, and McGuigan to convert from wide.

At 18-0, the Outlaws fought back, turning over a Hawks ball to score their first try.

McGuigan side-stepped his way through to score, converted by Warren, but despite strong tackling from Everard and Wain, the hosts scored twice before the break to make it 24-14 at half time.

From the restart Valley kept up the pace, with Nottingham handling errors giving Valley a scrum.

Good driving from Crofton-Martin, on as a replacement, saw him set up Russell who drove over for an unconverted try.

The Outlaws hit back with a try of their own, but the Hawks countered and strong running from Russell and Shires saw the latter power over, with McGuigan converting.

Strong attacking from Nottingham was met with stout defending by Valley, in particular from Woodall.

Austin and replacement Maskrey also made good ground driving forwards.

Good Hawks running from Warren and Russell was finished off by influential substitute Crofton-Martin, McGuigan converting.

Nottingham again put on the pressure following a Hawks knock-on, and had a player sin-binned, but following a penalty they eventually broke the Valley defence to make it 40-24.

The game was finished off with a powerful attack, culminating in a try for Spencer, converted by Warren, to make the score 46-24 at the final whistle.

* Training is at 6.45pm on Wednesdays at Castleton. Contact Adam Russell on 07411 081735.