Hinckley head coach Chris Campbell was delighted to get this winning result, in what he described as extremely difficult conditions for both sides and as bad as he had seen for a long time. With the game in some doubt even up to kick-off following the mornings torrential rain, he thanked the Luctonians ground staff for their efforts in getting the game on at all. He added that it was very evenly matched game, and they were thankful to secure the win which could have gone either way.

Both sides struggled with the gale force winds that blew throughout, and this led to numerous errors in controlling the ball, but Hinckley probably overall deserved the points for their tenacity in defence throughout, especially when they defended their lead at the death, when Lucs could not make their efforts count.

Hinckley scored first through No9 Iwan Burgwin on 12 minutes, when he strolled under the posts to score, following what suspiciously looked like two forward passes in the build-up. Rory Vowles added the extras (0-7). Lucs were soon back in the game however, when man of the match Owien Harriott-Davis, following numerous driving attacks when he broke away to touch down; Louis Silver adding the extras (7-7) after 18 minutes.

The home side missed out on a couple of opportunities to add to their tally, none more so when Charlie Grimes was desperately unlucky on a kick chase, when the conditions did for him as the ball held up in the mud just as he wanted it to run-on over the dead ball line.

The home crowd didn’t have a lot to cheer after the restart, as the game became a battle of tight defences, with very little quarter given by either side. Hinckley scored the only points of the second half when full back Jamie Dutton ran clear following a flowing move cross field, to lead 7-12 with the conversion being missed.

Both sides dug deep and, despite the driving presence of Harriott-Davis for the home side, they could not gain the advantage they have enjoyed in previous games this season to level the scores. In a game of 30 plus scrums referee Dan Patterson praised both sides for their technical ability and efforts in keeping the game flowing despite the conditions.

Lucs’ head coach Ryan Watkins said he was very disappointed with the result, with their error count too high, and they will obviously look to bounce back next weekend away at Old Redcliffians. Hinckley will look to consolidate on their performance which now sees them go six games undefeated to remain in the top 6.

Star Man
Owien Harriott-Davis


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