July 18, 2019

Trinity Reserves 30-20 Halifax Reserves

Report by Will Moore

Tries from Luke Hooley, Jordan Schofield, Calum Hudson, James Patrickson and Connor Bailey helped the reserves to 30-20 a victory over Halifax.

However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring. Some early pressure on the Trinity line found Connor Davies who powered over in the second minute.

But for the next ten minutes, it was all Trinity, and they got their reward. A good cross-field move was worked over to Hooley on the right-hand side where he was able to find a gap in the Fax defence to cross over. He converted his try to put the scores level.

It was a tightly contested game that was predominantly played in centre-field and it was Lewis Teale who nearly supplied another piece of magic. After breaking through the Halifax defence he knocked a short kick over into the Fax try area, unfortunately, putting too much on it as it came too nothing.

And just three minutes later, Trinity were ahead. After a good spell in the Halifax half, the ball was held up in the try area and from the next play, Schofield powered over under the posts to put the home side in the lead.

As we reached the end of the first period, it was Halifax who drew level. After conceding two penalties in quick succession, Trinity found themselves defending a fresh set of six on their own try line. Halifax made no mistake and powered over to put the sides even at the break.

After nervy opening stages, it was Trinity who got ahead once again. The ball was well worked out wide to Hudson, who sprinted down the line, evading the Halifax defence to touch down. Hooley made no mistake with the kick to put Trinity 18-12 ahead.

But celebrations were short-lived and just three minutes later, Halifax responded. The ball was played into centre-field and on the last, a kick to the left was caught by an unmarked, Dafydd Jones, who put the ball down. Fortunately for Trinity, the kick was unsuccessful and still lead by two.

As we entered the last 10 minutes of the game, only a conversion could separate the two sides.

However, a Trinity try in the 71st minute gave the home side some breathing space. After some good pressure on the Halifax try line, the ball was offloaded to Patrickson, who powered through the defence to score. Another Hooley conversion gave Trinity a 24-16 lead.

A big momentum shift ensued and just five minutes later, Trinity scored again. A lovely show and go from Bailey, split the Halifax defence where he clean through to score.

It was Halifax who scored last, although, it only seemed to be a consolation. Another kick over the Trinity defence was not dealt with and the ball was touched down. An unsuccessful kick gave Trinity a 30-20 win on the night