Report submitted by Old Halesonians RFC

Old Halesonians 0 - 90 Peterborough Lions  

This Midland Premier fixture was a seriously challenging outing for the young Hales team who continue to be riddled with injuries.

The early exchanges saw Hales competing well in the tight play with the set scrummage equal throughout most of the game.

However further injuries to Tom King and Kieran Haynes and a yellow card for promising back row Craig Howells only compounded the issues.

The visitors were too strong in all areas and ran out easy winners.

Luctonians 2nd XV 40 – 5 Old Hales 2nd XV 

With injury and unavailability continuing to make selection difficult a squad varying in age from teenagers to 40+ went over to take on Luctonians.

With the journey still in their legs Old Hales started poorly allowing Lucs to take a commanding 21-0 lead, however as the half progressed Old Hales became more competitive but couldn’t prevent Luc’s adding a further score before the break 28-0.

Hales started the second half well and after recovering the ball from kick off went through the phases with the forwards edging ever closer to the Luc’s line before centre Craig Jukes crashed over for the score.

Unfortunately Hales then fell asleep at the following kick off allowing Lucs to regain possession and hit back straight away. The remainder of the half was dominated by the defences with both sides repelled in their attempts to add to the score.

The final play of the game saw a Luc’s break away and 60 metres run for the final score of the game.

Old Hales seconds host Syston seconds on Saturday November 11, kick off 14:15.

Harborne 2nd XV 30 - 5 Old Halesonians 3rd XV  

Injuries and unavailability saw Hales 3rd XV take the pitch with more than a few players in unfamiliar positions. Not that this was noticeable as the game got underway.

A blistering run from Ian Smith followed by a well timed pass saw Connor Leahy bulldoze over from a few metres out. This was to be the only score from the visitors.

Although they put up great defence and proved to be more than capable with the ball in hand the lack of understanding between the team meant they lacked the ability to turn opportunities into points and gaps appeared in the hardworking defence.

Following on from his performance for the 4th XV last week, 72-year-old great granddad Derek Hill again turned back the clock to put in a great display in the first half.

Stourbridge Colts 29 - 49 Old Halesonians Colts  

Old Hales Colts travelled to Stourbridge this week after the disappointment of the last two games being cancelled .

Old Hales displayed a disciplined game having to field a squad of 13 players due to Stourbridge only having 12 which meant Hales played without a front row.

All players gave notable performances with tries from Dan Smith (x 3), Dan Corcoran , Thomas Henry , Josh Wooward , Rhys Arthur, Luke Willetts and Joe Yarnall