3v Sports Midlands Rugby League Division Two Playoff Final
North Derbyshire Chargers 10, Hope Valley Hawks 46
HOPE Valley Hawks retained the 3v Sports Midlands Rugby League Division Two title after a commanding 46-10 victory over neighbours North Derbyshire Chargers.
Valley started the game in explosive fashion and half-back Scott Buckler crossed the whitewash after only two minutes.
The Hawks continued their early dominance as club founder Mike Shires scored the first of his two tries as he burrowed over from close range.
Shires repeated the feat four minutes later as he again proved too strong for the Chargers’ goal-line defence.
For the remainder of the first half, the Chargers struggled to keep up with the pace of the Hawks attack and they scored two further tries, with Will Brocklehurst and Brett Tharme-Lock crossing the line.
The second half was a much closer affair with both teams trading blows and producing some high-quality hits.
Despite a valiant effort by the Chargers their defence again cracked in the 54th minute as Hawks full-back Tom Bell raced in to score from 50 metres.
The Hawks further increased their lead five minutes later when centre Gethin Evans crossed.
This seemed to spark the Chargers into life and, with the pressure now off, they started to play some sparkling rugby.
With half-back Andrew Thorpe orchestrating the play, they managed to score two late consolation tries through Thorpe and talented young winger Adam Seredynski.
However it was the Hawks who were to have the final say with loose forward Jack Silcock and Scott Buckler crossing the line to seal the Division Two title in style.