RUGBY: Bingham record solid victory on the road
Midlands League 5
Mansfield Woodhouse Giants 3
Pete Mount, normally second row/back row played at 12 and made a good start with some forceful runs down the centre, but a painful blow to the shoulder during the first half meant Bingham had to use him sparingly.
Gareth Williams, making his first start for several weeks, soon found his throwing arm, hitting Chris Heathcote in the line-out; the forwards did the rest, releasing Jonathan Thomas to break off and score under the posts, converted by Will Packer who added a penalty shortly after.
Woodhouse were held up over the line with some determined tackles and forced a turnover from the resultant line-out, cleared by Ben Packer.
Jason Churchill suffered a twisted ankle and forced an early change, Matt Forde coming on to the wing, Oscar Ciaurro into the centre and Lee Fretwell moving into the second row. After some treatment, Churchill limped back into action.
Shortly before half time, Ben Packer linked with brother Will who put captain Thomas in to score his second. Will added the conversion for a 17-0 half time lead.
The second half started well with a good chase from Dan Bellamy forcing a turnover and eventually gaining a penalty. Heathcote began to dominate his line-out and another penalty taken quickly saw the ball to Mount out wide to score. Will Packer added the conversion from the touchline for 24-0.
With Forde back on, it allowed Bingham to rejig and relieve the ever-youthful Mick Challans.
A second half penalty slotted by Woodhouse was the only meaningful attempt on the Bingham line as the forwards put in a great shift, with Chris Bell and Gareth McGahan working hard in the scrums and loose.
Greater control of the game and excellent clearance and field kicks from Will Packer allowed the back three of Ashley Saunders, Ian Taylor and Forde more time to look to attack and deal with any Woodhouse kicks.
Heathcote again presented excellent line-out possession for Thomas to claim his hat trick try.
- conversion missed.
With 15 minutes left, a yellow for both sides saw Bingham capitalise following this, after some driving play presented a gap for Will Packer to spot, break through and just reach the line. Will Packer sealed victory with the extra points.