Hales ring the changes for cup competition

OLD Halesonians rang the changes for their North Midlands Cup quarter final clash at Shropshire side Newport by promoting several of their promising second XV players.

The youngsters gave a good account of themselves and early signs suggested Hales would progress before falling to a 14-7 defeat.

Old Hales saw Andy Holloway cross after 20 minutes which was converted by full-back Andy Robinson.

Newport responded with a converted score before half-time leaving Hales to rue the fact they didn’t make more use of the slope during the break.

Hales second row Tom King was given a yellow card in the second half for collapsing a maul and Newport’s pack took full advantage to secure a second converted try to lead 14-7.

Hales regrouped during the closing stages and almost snatched a second try when full back Robinson released replacement winger Rhys Denham, who was tackled feet from the try-line.

Hales return to National Three Midlands at Wassell Grove this Saturday when they entertain title rivals Broadstreet.

The thirds lost to a Stourbridge side 38-15 while the fourths beat Wednesbury 27-7.

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