Two yellow cards prove costly for Hartpury's promotion ambition
HENLEY HAWKS 34 HARTPURY 20
HARTPURY's hopes of promotion to National One suffered a setback as the Henley Hawks not only took the win, but denied their opponents a bonus point.
The visitors never recovered from a double technical sin-binning, during which they shipped 14 points – the eventual margin of victory.
Hartpury started brightly, pounding the Henley line right from kick off but coming away empty handed.
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In contrast Henley pushed upfield aided by a couple of penalties, and a strong run by winger Neil Baggett exposed Hartpury's left flank and he scored in the corner with fly half James Comden converting.
Hartpury struck back with typical interpassing between forwards and backs before scrum half Dan Robson darted over. Fly half Tim Stevenson added the extras and dropped a goal to give Hartpury the lead.
Comden struck back with two penalties as Hartpury offended in front of their posts and then the double yellow card disrupted any rhythm Hartpury were gaining.
Just before the interval Baggett repeated his exposure of frail tackling and gave Comden an easy extra two points.
Immediately after the restart, with Hartpury still undermanned, a break by Hawks' scrum half James Gaunt put full back Tom Allen in and the immaculate boot of Comden did the rest.
A blind side try by pacey winger Ian Clarke reduced the deficit to 27-15 and Hartpury were looking good enough for the two converted tries needed.
Then from nowhere a clearance kick from Henley's in-goal found centre Danny Wells and with Hartpury committed to 15-man attack he had an easy run in under the posts. Comden converted.
Tim Stevenson scored a consolation try, but it was too late.
Henley Hawks: T. Allen; N. Baggett; D. Wells (J. Holmes, 58); A. Cheeseman; C. Bart; J. Comden; J. Gaunt; H. M-Scott; E. Church; A. Penny; J. Winterbottom; P. Elder; J. Sutton (W. Woodwood, 54); R. Newman; M. Payne. Other reps: A. Hepburn, W. Bigley, C. Nixon.
Hartpury: G.Spiers; R. Brend (G. Lewis, 17); J. Hayes; S. Rodwell; I. Clarke; T. Stevenson; D. Robson (B. Field, 58); R. Barrington; R. Townsend (C. Thorne, 58); D. Morris; W. Waldron; H. Casson; R. Langley; M. Craven; N. Thomas. Other reps: B. Walker, K. Britton.
Referee: Richard Phillips (RFU)
Star Man: Mike Craven