North Hykeham 15 Hamians 15
Hamians started the new year in a positive manner when they snatched a draw in the last minute at North Hykeham.The hamians started the match well with some good posession in the Hykeham 22, but were unable to find a breakthrough. It was the home team who actually scored first with a break down the right hand side, and when play was switched to the left they broke the deadlock out wide. The conversion was missed, but shortly afterwards an infringement in midfield allowed the home team to stretch the lead to 8-0 for the home side, with 25 minutes gone.
Hamians immediately went back on the offensive and almost got back in the game when Cody Dubberley, was bundled into touch when going for the corner following a a well weighted kick through from Strachan. Hamains continued to pound the home line, and met by fierce defence it looked like they would go into half time scoreless. However, veteran Mike Leavy got the ball with a bit of broken field ahead of him and jinked his way past 3 defenders for a great score, to bring Hamians back into the game at 8-5 at half time.
The halftime team talk focussed on the good possession, and to be more clinical in attack. The talk clearly had an affect as 5 minutes into the second half, the ball came loose from a Hykeham player following a big tackle in the centres. Livewire winger Dubberley picked up the loose ball, and won the 70m race to the line, putting Hamians ahead for the first time in the game. The home team then mounted a series of asaults on the Hamians line, and eventually found a chink out wide, allowing their centre to score under the posts for a converted try which put the hosts 15-10 up, with under 10 minutes to play. Lesser teams may have let their heads go down at this point, but this team is made of tougher stuff, and with 2 minutes remaining managed to get possession in the home teams danger area. Hykeham were holding on, and a series of penalties were breaking up the play, but after moving the ball right, then wide to the left with Dickinson being hauled down just short of the line. However, the hamians had one last special play left, and swung the ball out to the right hand side where vice captain Nixon skipped past a couple of desperate tackles to score right on the whistle. Unfortunately the conversion drifted wide which denied Hamians a much deserved win, but Hamians go home content with a good performance and points away from home.
There was much to feel positive about after the match, with a good all round performance by the pack and added cutting edge from the back. Debutant Dan Thurgood had a great first game, but was just pipped to the man of the match award by older brother Toby Thurgood.
Training continues on Tuesday from 7pm, where the team look to build on the performance ahead of tougher games towards the end of the month
T.Thurgood, Thornton, Andrews, Clayton, Brown, D.Thurgood, T.Leavy, Page, Marshall, Nixon, Kelly, Strachan, M.Leavy, Dubberly, Gillon
SUBS: Matthews , Dickinson, Hill
Tries: M.Leavy, Dubberley, Nixon