McGuigan showcase as Hope romp to victory

University of Salford ‘NWL’

Division 4 East

Hope Valley 1st XV 75

Aldwinians 4th XV 5

Hope Valley secured a resounding win over Aldwinians on Saturday to remain top of the league.

J McGuigan scored the opening try and converted it to give Hope an early seven-point lead, however pressure from a line-out, following an Aldwinians penalty, resulted in the visitors scoring from close range, unconverted.

Valley won a scrum and worked the ball wide for Evans to score under the posts, converted by J McGuigan, to lead 14-5 at half time.

After the break, a solid line-out set-up the Valley backs, allowing T McGuigan to step inside and feed the ball to his brother at full back whose pace saw him get another converted try.

Centre Booth was next to score, converted by J McGuigan, before Booth turned provider for Ryder on the wing to score out wide.

Another penalty allowed Bines to run the ball into contact, creating a platform. From this J McGuigan darted through to complete his hat-trick and convert to make it 40-5. A good take and drive by Spencer from the restart set up another Valley platform. Aldwinians were penalised, and Russell ran the ball in, passing to J McGuigan in support who scored and converted.

McGuigan then scored what must have been the try of the season. Collecting the ball deep in his own half, he skipped through three tackles, chipped over the advancing Aldwinians line and outpaced his opposite number to gather and score, converted by T McGuigan.

More Valley attacks through Woodall and Evans set J McGuigan up again to cut through Aldwinians like a knife through butter for another try, converted again by his brother. T McGuigan set him up for yet another try, which he converted himself to make it 68-5.

J McGuigan completed the rout with his final try to bring the curtain down on an outstanding performance.

* On Saturday, Hope entertain Aldwinians 4th XV in a rearranged fixture (kick-off 3pm). The day is a “Back to the Valley” celebration for ex-players and supporters.