Hope Valley Hawks 44, North Derbyshire Chargers 10
FOLLOWING a herculean effort by groundstaff, Hope Valley overcame the monsoon-like conditions to extend their unbeaten run to four games against a spirited North Derbyshire Chargers.
Head coach Bernie Hunter demanded aggressive defence from the Valley pack and he wasn’t disappointed with some crunching tackles from Lee Orton, Dave Boam, Ben Somerton and the ever-dependable Martin Spencer in Saturday’s fierce local derby at Castleton playing fields.
The defence forced the Chargers into errors and Valley capitalised, with Somerton scoring a brace on his rugby league debut.
Valley began to dominate and William Brocklehurst continued his good form, also bagging a double in the first half.
The try of the game came ten minutes before half-time with Tom Bell taking advantage of a well-worked scrum to outpace the cover defence on a 60-metre run to the try line. McGuigan was also in fine fettle, converting the tries to leave Valley 30-0 ahead at half-time.
Playing against the slope, Valley had to battle hard as silly penalties and handling errors were capitalised upon by a resurgent Chargers outfit who scored two well-worked tries in the early part of the second half.
Valley responded as Dave Boam forced his way over, before Simeon Meek burrowed over from close range on his first appearance of the season.
Bagshawe then put Boam through a half gap, who offloaded under pressure for Tom Bell to race clear from 30 metres and cap a fine afternoon again for Valley, with McGuigan converting.
A much sterner test awaits on Saturday with the arrival of the much-fancied Dronfield Drifters. Kick-off at Castleton Playing Fields is 2.30pm.