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1st XV - Match centre

Hull Ionians
Hinckley
L Minikin (2), B Hardy, S Wilson, A Brown
Tries
B Pointon, C Dacey, M Lamb
L Minikin (3)
Conversions
J Wilson, J Wilson, J Wilson
Penalties
J Wilson, J Wilson
Sat 12 Jan 14:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Hull Ionians 31 v 27 Hinckley Hornets

I's take sting out of Hornets revival.

Hull Ionians 31 v 27 Hinckley Hornets

Ionians made a phenomenal start to the match, with a try in the opening minute, but despite building a comfortable lead at the break had to conjure a late score and hang on by the skin of their teeth to deny Hinckley victory in an enthralling game at Brantingham Park.
The Ionians effort had everything that was missing in last week’s performance; drive, direction and belief, and they needed it against a direct and confident Hinkley side intent on ending Ionians impressive home record. The home side did aid the Hornets intentions by giving the ball away with an alacrity bordering on suicidal, particularly with some unnecessary and ill-judged kicking, but it certainly ensured it was a close run thing.
Mercurial Minikin scored the early try, finishing off an excellent build up with Mark Wigham leading the charge before gaining support from Ed Falkingham and Ben Stephenson. Tom Stephenson swept the ball across to Steve Slingsby who slipped a pass inside allowing Minikin to glide through to the line. Minikin added the extras and Ionians had the initial advantage, 7- 0.
Ionians were irrepressible at this stage and further excellent interplay, with Falkingham again heavily involved, created a second try for Minikin who was on hand to profit from a powerful break from Toni Kuku, taking the offload to cross in the corner. A well judged kick from close to the touch-line put Ionians 14 – 0 in front.
The Hornets pulled themselves together and through a series of drives arrived close to the Ionians line. They showed commendable patience against the hosts aggressive defensive wall and Ben Pointon spotted a gap to worm over to pull a score back. Prolific full-back, Joe Wilson, added the conversion and Hinckley halved the deficit, 14 – 7.
Hinckley continued to gain the majority of possession, assisted by Ionians profligacy, and Ionians were grateful for a penalty awarded within the 22 that allowed Tom Stephenson to clear beyond halfway. A clean take from James Newman set the home pack trundling forward; once stopped the ball was popped up to Billy Hardy who employed his powerful physique to barrel over from close range. Minikin extended the lead with a successful conversion but they could have piled on more agony for the visitors had they not ignored a two on one with the line wide open and then they had the three front runners in a kick and chase but knocked on with the line beckoning. Still, Ionians went to the break with a comfortable lead, 21 – 7.
Hinckley showed pragmatism early in the second half, electing for three points from a relatively difficult kick rather than a more speculative kick to touch, and Ionians put further light between the sides with another free flowing move resulting in a try for Sam Wilson. Once again Toni Kuku produced a powerful run, he dragged in a number of defenders to pull him to ground and when the ball was spun down the line there were insufficient left to cope with the wing healed wonder who stretched out to dot down in the corner.
Despite the arrears Hinckley were gaining confidence from the surfeit of possession and on 52 minutes they replicated their earlier try, this time winger Callum Dacey sneaking over from close range, after Hinckley had probed away at the home defence.
Wilson had a chance to add a straight forward penalty but the normally reliable marksman pulled his effort wide, however the Hornets had their tails up and they created a lovely fast paced move for centre Mitchell Lamb to race away to score, Wilson’s success off the tee closed the score to 26 – 24 and had the hosts visibly rattled.
Ionians appeared to be wilting under the pressure and with so much at stake it was no surprise when Wilson again elected to go for goal when Hinkley were awarded a penalty. There were no visible nerves as the kick sailed over and the Hornets took the lead.
Ionians brought on fresh legs for the final throes. Reinvigorated, they worked the ball back into the opposition half and a line-out 10m out was just the fillip they needed. Up went Ed Falkingham and on went the drive, relentlessly the pack inched their way forward and over for a try for Adam Brown and Ionians were back in the lead, 31 – 27.
The final minutes were frenetic. Hinckley piled on the power and Ionians dug deep to hold on. Forced to defend deep in their own half the delight was palpable when Hinckley knocked on to give Ionians a touch of the ball. Mr Raynor determined there was no need for any further action and blew time to end a hard fought, entertaining and enthralling encounter. Onward to Threshfield next week and more drama.

Edward Falkingham

Player of the Match

Edward Falkingham

Key moments

1:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
2:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
10:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
11:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
17:00
Try Ben Pointon scores for Hinckley
18:00
Conversion Joe Wilson kicks a conversion for Hinckley
33:00
Try Billy Hardy scores for Hull Ionians
34:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
42:00
Penalty Joe Wilson kicks a penalty for Hinckley
45:00
Try Sam Wilson scores for Hull Ionians
52:00
Try Callum Dacey scores for Hinckley
53:00
Conversion Joe Wilson kicks a conversion for Hinckley
59:00
Try Mitchell Lamb scores for Hinckley
60:00
Conversion Joe Wilson kicks a conversion for Hinckley
69:00
Penalty Joe Wilson kicks a penalty for Hinckley
72:00
Try Adam Brown scores for Hull Ionians

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Edward Falkingham is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
79:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
79:00 Sub Off
Mark Wigham is substituted off for Hull Ionians
78:00 Sub Off
Tom Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
78:00 Sub On
Morgan Bunting is substituted on for Hull Ionians
76:00 Sub Off
Josh Greatrix is substituted off for Hinckley
76:00 Sub On
Luke Coltman is substituted on for Hinckley
74:00 Sub Off
Mitchell Lamb is substituted off for Hinckley
74:00 Sub On
Glen Murray is substituted on for Hinckley
73:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
72:00 Try 31 - 27
Adam Brown scores for Hull Ionians
70:00 Sub On
Jack Dickinson is substituted on for Hinckley
70:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
70:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
70:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
70:00 Sub Off
James Moreton is substituted off for Hinckley
70:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
69:00 Penalty 26 - 27
Joe Wilson kicks a penalty for Hinckley
63:00 Sub Off
Josh Smith is substituted off for Hinckley
63:00 Sub On
Callum Rowe is substituted on for Hinckley
60:00 Sub Off
James Newman is substituted off for Hull Ionians
60:00 Conversion 26 - 24
Joe Wilson kicks a conversion for Hinckley
60:00 Sub On
Ben Whyte is substituted on for Hull Ionians
59:00 Try 26 - 22
Mitchell Lamb scores for Hinckley
57:00 Sub On
Josh Greatrix is substituted on for Hinckley
57:00 Sub Off
Luke Coltman is substituted off for Hinckley
56:00 Missed Penalty
Joe Wilson misses a penalty for Hinckley
53:00 Conversion 26 - 17
Joe Wilson kicks a conversion for Hinckley
52:00 Try 26 - 15
Callum Dacey scores for Hinckley
46:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
45:00 Try 26 - 10
Sam Wilson scores for Hull Ionians
42:00 Penalty 21 - 10
Joe Wilson kicks a penalty for Hinckley
End of period 1
34:00 Sub On
Steve Johnson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
34:00 Sub Off
Benjamin Bell is substituted off for Hull Ionians
34:00 Conversion 21 - 7
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
33:00 Try 19 - 7
Billy Hardy scores for Hull Ionians
25:00 Sub On
Adam Brown is substituted on for Hull Ionians
25:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
18:00 Conversion 14 - 7
Joe Wilson kicks a conversion for Hinckley
17:00 Try 14 - 5
Ben Pointon scores for Hinckley
11:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
10:00 Try 12 - 0
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
7:00 Sub Off
Oscar Harper is substituted off for Hinckley
7:00 Sub On
Stephen Harvey is substituted on for Hinckley
2:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hull Ionians
  • Hinckley
  • 0
  • Lewis Minikin Try 1:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 2:00'
  • Oscar Harper Sub Off 7:00'
  • Stephen Harvey Sub On 7:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 10:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 11:00'
  • Ben Pointon Try 17:00'
  • Joe Wilson Conversion 18:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub Off 25:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub On 25:00'
  • Billy Hardy Try 33:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 34:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub Off 34:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub On 34:00'
  • Joe Wilson Penalty 42:00'
  • Sam Wilson Try 45:00'
  • Callum Dacey Try 52:00'
  • Joe Wilson Conversion 53:00'
  • Josh Greatrix Sub On 57:00'
  • Luke Coltman Sub Off 57:00'
  • Mitchell Lamb Try 59:00'
  • Joe Wilson Conversion 60:00'
  • Ben Whyte Sub On 60:00'
  • James Newman Sub Off 60:00'
  • Callum Rowe Sub On 63:00'
  • Josh Smith Sub Off 63:00'
  • Joe Wilson Penalty 69:00'
  • Jack Dickinson Sub On 70:00'
  • James Moreton Sub Off 70:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 70:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 70:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 70:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 70:00'
  • Adam Brown Try 72:00'
  • Mitchell Lamb Sub Off 74:00'
  • Glen Murray Sub On 74:00'
  • Josh Greatrix Sub Off 76:00'
  • Luke Coltman Sub On 76:00'
  • Morgan Bunting Sub On 78:00'
  • Tom Stephenson Sub Off 78:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 79:00'
  • Mark Wigham Sub Off 79:00'

Team selection

Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Wilson, Sam Wilson, Sam
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Hardy, Billy Hardy, Billy
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Wigham, Mark Wigham, Mark
Newman, James Newman, James
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Bell, Benjamin Bell, Benjamin
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Hinckley
  • 1. Oscar Harper
  • 2. Luke Coltman
  • 3. David Peck
  • 4. Ben Marshall
  • 5. James Moreton
  • 6. Alex Branson
  • 7. Jamie Skerritt
  • 8. Henry Povoas
  • 9. Ben Pointon
  • 10. Joe Glover
  • 11. Callum Dacey
  • 12. Mitchell Lamb
  • 13. Ryan Hough
  • 14. Josh Smith
  • 15. Joe Wilson
  • 16. Josh Greatrix
  • 17. Stephen Harvey
  • 18. Jack Dickinson
  • 19. Glen Murray
  • 20. Callum Rowe

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14
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37
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15
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16
8
Wharfedale

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 19 72
2. Chester 19 66
3. Huddersfield 18 64
4. Fylde 19 63
5. Hinckley 19 60
6. Otley 19 56
7. Sedgley Park 19 55

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