Rugby: Hayle are left empty handed as Crediton earn victory
Cornwall & Devon League
Hayle 11, Crediton 20
CREDITON fly half Mark Lee's late penalty robbed Hayle of even a bonus point in a game that they could, and should have won.
Hayle have only themselves to blame as poor execution and not taking easy penalty chances, cost them dearly in the end.
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Crediton will be pleased with their afternoon's work, they absorbed long periods of pressure in the second half and took full advantage of the few chances they had.
The visitors started the stronger, dominating possession and territory and they opened the scoring on 16 minutes with a Mark Lee penalty. Hayle got back into the game and began to dominate, their reward was a Martin Strick penalty on 25 minutes to level the score at 3-3.
The remainder of the first half was evenly contested, the only clear cut scoring chances were a missed penalty from each side. Overall the half time score of 3-3 was a fair reflection of the first half.
Crediton started the second half as they had started the first. On 43 minutes a 12-man driving maul put No8 Mark Nott on the score sheet, Mark Lee converted from wide out to give Crediton a 10-3 lead.
Hayle began to pressure the Crediton line, and on 55 minutes Martin Strick kicked a penalty to reduce the Crediton lead to four points, only after Hayle had earlier refused two kickable penalties.
A Hayle infringement from the restart saw big booted Mark Lee pin Hayle into the corner. From the lineout another Crediton driving maul led to another Mark Nott try, Mark Lee again converted from wide out. Crediton were now comfortably ahead at 17-6 after 58 minutes.
Hayle stepped up the pace again and camped in the Crediton twenty-two, only to be denied on several occasions by poor finishing, again turning down kickable penalties.
A Crediton yellow card on 70 minutes gave Hayle an advantage and they did break through in the end, when Rob Cutter went over on 75 minutes after a good handling move. The conversion was missed, however Hayle did have a losing bonus point at 17-11.
Hayle saw the bonus point slip away on 80 minutes when fly half Mark Lee kicked a penalty to seal the win. The well-organised Crediton defence won this game in the end, they soaked up a huge amount of pressure in the second half, even when Hayle produced an overlap they conjured a defender from somewhere.
For Hayle it was too many missed opportunities, and not taking kickable penalties let Crediton build a lead which they were unable to overhaul.
On the plus side, the team's commitment is huge and they never gave up chasing, they showed a willingness to run the ball. Scott Murray, Doug Arnull and Scott Harvey all looked dangerous with ball in hand.
After another disappointing result and a poor start to the season Hayle will be keen to make amends when they visit Falmouth this Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.
Hayle: A Strick, D Clackworthy, B Pow, T Matthews, R Spear, R Goodman, J Heath, A Thornton, S Osborne, M Strick, J Chadwick, S Murray, D Arnull, R Cutter, S Harvey. Reps: F Carter, L Richardson, L Laity.
Scorers: Hayle. Try – Cutter, Pens - Strick (2). Crediton. Tries – Nott (2), Cons – Lee (2), Pens – Lee (2).