Ducks Settle down: HLH 2nd XV 26 – 10 North Ribblesdale 2nd XV

World cup quarter final weekend served up some tasty fixtures but it was business as usual at Laund Hill as the mighty ducks welcomed North Ribblesdale 2nd XV.

A strong ducks squad was assembled and the team prepared for a game in warm autumnal sunshine, well that’s how thing started.

Laund Hill started strongly with the forwards carrying well, setting a base for the backs to make some inroads and the home side were on top in the game.  This led to an opening score from James Haywood who carried well all day, especially in the second half when he found himself joining the backs and playing centre.  He did however have a fall out with the ref in the first half that led to a few of his team mates needing to offer him a few words of calming advice and care!

With the ducks side on top and playing the better rugby the skies darkened, a hail storm hit, and with it the Laund Hill sides form slipped.  North Ribblesdale were a side full of strong ball carriers and for the middle 20 minutes of the first half they were the dominant side scoring two unconverted tries to give them a 10-5 lead as the game headed towards half time.  The sun returned and the ducks re grouped towards the end of the first half and with the final play of the half centre Gaz Evans made an excellent break to score under the sticks.  With the conversion kicked (Smith) the ducks went into half time with a 12-10 lead.

The second half began, and it seemed that the home side were going to make sure that they carried on from the strong finish of the first half.  The Laund Hill side took control of the game with tries coming from Jack Sharpe and Jon Smith (thanks Gaz for the lovely pass!).  Both tries were converted (Smith) giving the ducks a 26-10 lead.

If the ducks are honest with themselves, they probably should have scored a couple more tries but one or two errors, coupled with some strong North Ribb defence meant that there were no more points for the home side.  There was some solid defence from the home side who refused to let the visitors back into the game.  There were no further scores before the final whistle giving us a final score of 26-10 to the mighty ducks.  A solid win against a good North Ribb side with the ducks continuing to build on what has been a strong start to the season.

Great to have two wins for the club this weekend and here’s to two more when we make the trip across to Roundhegians next week.

Reporter: Jon Smith

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