'1881' 33-17 Hinckley 2ndXV, Sat Dec 02, 2017, Friendly
We made it, finally playing on the main pitch and a tough encounter ended with a 31-17 1881 win in this friendly fixture.
Hinckley 2's have not been beaten this season have won by over 70 points 3 times. So, with a changed 1881's and call ups from the academy for Lewis Sharp and Peter Smith. Richard Falberg bringing the average age of the squad up by several years took a spot on the bench.
From the kick off Amps dominated possession and gained lots of territory through big carries and some fine breaks from Michael Lavery, Pete Weightman and Micky Wilson
1881 did score a couple of great tries through forwards and backs inter play. Josh Walker and Lewis Grinsell finding the whitewash, before hard carries and subtle hands leading to scores for particularly our Shane Williams, Ben Calder to flamboyantly dive over in the corner early on.
Credit must go to Hinckley as it took every ounce of the 1881 player experience to find a way to break down a stubborn defence. Hinckley's primary weapon was their driving maul and they used it very effectively for all 3 of their tries. It's something that if done well is hard to stop but the 1881 need to look at themselves and find ways to disrupt this facet of the game as we look ahead to Coventry next week. Their backs must be credited for taking small gaps in defence and their counter attacking play.
The 1881's front row has been awesome this year with particularly Muncaster and White shoring up the scrum and carrying with vigour. This week “Fridge” moved to the second row and Muncaster was joined by Matt Collins who is not far off pushing for a 1st XV return. Fridge, was named man of the match as not only did he start in the row he moved up to prop and did not stop carrying all day long.
Plenty of lads will be in the mix for 1XV selection after playing well over the last few weeks and special mention to our two academy guys who fitted in seamlessly. Gavin Williams again marshaling the pack around from 9 in the first half and the backs in the second half when he switched to 10.
A big thanks to Hinckley for coming down on a weekend break from the league. The return fixture in Feb should be a cracker. Big few weeks coming up before the Christmas break and back to Zoo 1 action next week as the 1881 join the 1XV travelling to Coventry.
15. Ed Goodman, 14. Shay Howes, 13. Michael Lavery, 12. Pete Weightman, 11. Ben Campo Calder, 10. Micky Wilson, 9. Gavin Williams 8. Josh Walker, 7. Lewis Sharp, 6. Lewis Grinsell, 5, Josh Fridge White, 4. William Nankivell 3. Matt Collins 2. Josh Taylor 1. Chris Muncaster
Reps: Jake Milburn, Peter Smith, Richard Falberg, Kieron O’Connor, Nanthanael Hiscock, Matt Higgins