Hemsworth RUFC stormed back from 13-0 down at half-time to snatch a 17-16 win over Rotherham Phoenix in Yorkshire Division Three at Moxon Fields on Saturday.
Hemsworth had two seemingly good first-half tries disallowed but head coach Andy Key rallied his side at the interval. He challenged his players to stand up and be counted and pointed out the frailties of the visiting side.
Strong forward play straight from the restart provided the platform for Hemsworth’s victory as Rotherham struggled contain strong running trio Hooker, Dyas and Bailey.
Powerful prop Alex Booth smashed his way over for Hemsworth’s first try.
Neal Ackroyd was then held up over the try line but it was only a matter of time before Hemsworth scored again when Sam Booth, not to be outdone by his brother, burst through Rotherham’s defence to score and Dale Joburns converted.
With Dyas and impressive scrum-half Brad Thompson to the fore, Hemsworth’s domination continued.
Quick handling from the backs following good forward play saw Zac Mears drag two defenders over the line with him to put Hemsworth ahead with five minutes left.
The visitors looked a beaten side and did not threaten to add to the penalty they kicked earlier in the half. They had a chance in the dying seconds but fortunately for Hemsworth the 45-yard penalty kick went wide and into the arms of Joburns.
There are no Yorkshire Division Three league fixtures this weekend.
Hemsworth 2nds won 17-12 at Rotherham Phoenix 2nds in a Merit League game.
The match was quite open from the outset, with both teams testing each other’s defences.
Following good defensive play from Hemsworth’s forwards, the ball was shipped out to the backs whose good inter-play saw centre Andrew Burton score.
Hemsworth then turned defence into attack again when the forwards managed to turn the ball over and break the Phoenix defensive line. It gave centre Pete Thomas the opportunity to score from deep to put them 10-0 ahead at the break.
The second half started just like the first with both teams attempting to get the upper hand.
An overlap led to Hemsworth winger Phil Hague scoring a try that Graham Lynskey converted.
Hemsworth continued to push Phoenix around the field, with scrum half and man of the match Nick Welham shining in his new position.
Phoenix then cut the defit with two tries, the first of which was converted.
The last 15minutes saw Hemsworth finding some energy to keep out Phoenix.
Rotherham crossed the Hemsworth line twice in the closing stages but were held up by stoic defending.
Hemsworth 2nds hostStocksbridge at Moxon Fields in a South Yorkshire Merit Table clash this Saturday.
The match kicks off at 2.15 pm.