Hawks failed to fly at Carrington

Carrington 1st XV 29 Hope Valley 2nd XV 12

The Hawks travelled to Carrington for their first foray in Division 5 East and started brightly, putting pressure on the home side despite losing Cunningham to an early injury, replaced by Eyre.

Fine work saw Berry held up over the line but strong forward work saw vice-captain Allen score, with Turner converting 0-7.

Carrington responded, scoring out wide and converting to level and a wayward kick allowed them to score out wide to take the lead.

Another try on the stroke of half time made it 17-7 in a hard-fought but open match.

Valley’s forwards worked hard in the set pieces, driving the hosts back on several occasions but were unable to break the home defence until Woodhouse capitalised at the back of the scrum and fed Everard who scored.

Strong tackling from Charmasson and Everard held Carrington up and good ground was made by Bradley but Carrington crossed for two more tries.

Beardon was ever present in the thick of it and deserved the Man of the Match award in an encouraging performance.

The Hawks play Dukinfield 3rds at home this Saturday, with the 1st XV away to Caldy 3rds.