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Halesonians off to a flying start
10:36am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
OLD Halesonians made a winning start to life in National Midlands Three following a convincing 39-16 success at Lymm.
Halesonians were never caught once Chris Hooper kicked them into an early lead with a penalty.
Hooker Pete Fitzgerald provided the opening try, while second row Rich Sawyer twice breached Lymm’s try-line, damaging his hamstring on the second occasion which makes him a major doubt for Saturday’s clash at home to Newport Salop.
Winger Luke Smith also secured a try with back row player Mark Evans adding the fifth, while the remaining points were provided by Hooper’s boot who kicked a total of two penalties and four conversions.
It was only in the latter stages of the game that Lymm made any impression, but that was only due to the fact Halesonians had three players sent to the sin-bin for rucking offences.
Team manager Simon Hussey said: “It was a journey into the unknown. Lymm were a young, fit side but I think our greater experience told in the end.
“Newport lost heavily to Nuneaton last Saturday, but we’ll be taking nothing for granted. There are no easy games at this level.”
While Richard Sawyer looks doubtful, Halesonains are hoping to have scrum-half Nathan Jones back available having missed out on the trip to Lymm with a groin injury sustained in the pre-season success over Bromsgrove.
Prior to the game there will be a HOGS lunch taking place in the clubhouse commencing at 12 noon.
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