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1st XV - Match centre

Hull Ionians
Fylde
B Stephenson, T Kuku, A Brown, L Minikin
Tries
C Wilkinson, T Carleton, T Grimes
L Minikin (4)
Conversions
G Smith, G Smith
L Minikin (2)
Penalties
G Smith
Sat 16 Feb 14:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Hull Ionians 34 v Fylde 22

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I's bounce back to winning ways. RP report+.

With perfect conditions for this top of the table encounter, both clubs’ top men were eager to get their charges on to the pitch. Martyn Wood for Ionians said “We are glad to be back at Brantingham Park after three away trips that have ended in defeat and we are looking forward to taking on the new league leaders who, like us, enjoy playing rugby. We expect to be challenged up front, most sides seem to try that, but if we can match them in that area we should get the win”
Warren Spragg, DoR at Fylde, asked about the pressure of being top of the pile was philosophical about the challenges ahead. “ We didn’t expect to be in this position, after the start we had with a particularly shocking October. This fixture is a hell of a test, but all our remaining games are big games. We are just looking to improve and build our self-confidence and belief. It’s exciting times. Would we like another crack at National 1? Yes, of course, love it.”
The game, which Ionians won four tries to three, failed to match the enthusiasm and passion of the men in charge. More was expected from two sides of this pedigree, but an error strewn 80 minutes left a slightly flat feeling amongst supporters from both sides, despite the occasional moments of class from the peerless Tom Carleton.
Fylde made their intentions clear from the start when Ralph Dowds carved a hole through the Ionians defence to put centre partner Connor Wilkinson over, Greg Smith converted to put the visitors 0-7 in front.
Ionians struck back with two Lewis Minikin penalties before Smith stretched the lead for Fylde with success from the tee. Despite some elusive running from Carleton Fylde were unable to capitalise on a period of possession and Ionians then combined well to get within striking distance of the Fylde line.
A line-out was cleanly gathered by Ed Falkingham and driven on and over the line, with Ben Stephenson credited with the touchdown. Minikin struck a well judged conversion to take the lead for the hosts which they held to the break.
A flurry of activity on the hour saw the sides exchange scores; Ionians went over following a concerted forward effort affording them the chance to whip the ball out to Toni Kuku, who despite receiving a poor pass, was able to gather the ball and muscle his way over close to the flag. Minikin surpassed himself with a terrific conversion.
That good work was undone within a minute, with Fylde hitting back with a belter of a score, started and finished by Carleton. Smith added the goal to fetch the score back to 20 – 17.
Ionians enjoyed a slice of luck to extend the lead. Following a mistake in the Fylde defensive ranks Adam Brown found himself 10m out with ball in hand, showing commendable composure he dummied his way to the line and under the posts.
The hosts were then thankful for a try saving tackle from James Tinknell, before they made the game safe and claimed the bonus point, when fortune favoured Minikin as he followed up a kick forward from Ollie Fox to gather the bobbling ball and race over.
Winger Tom Grimes claimed a score for Fylde in the closing minute but it was little consolation as Ionians were well clear and saw time out to regain the top spot.
Warren Spraggs reflected after the game; “ We were a bit stretched today, without our usual 2, 8 and 13. We needed to be at our best to get anything from this match. I’s have taken 10 points off us this season and we can’t afford to give that away to top sides. We left some tries out there today and ended up kicking possession away. I am a bit frustrated.”
I’s Martyn Wood said “ We spluttered to the win today. It wasn’t a top of the table performance. It’s good to get back to winning ways but we won’t get carried away. We will just take each game as it comes.”
Next up come South Leicester, who visit Brantingham Park for the match postponed earlier in the month. They are floundering at the wrong end of the table and are fighting hard to avoid the drop, so Ionians can expect another testing encounter.

James Sanderson

Player of the Match

James Sanderson

Key moments

2:00
Try Connor Wilkinson scores for Fylde
2:00
Conversion Greg Smith kicks a conversion for Fylde
6:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
14:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
24:00
Penalty Greg Smith kicks a penalty for Fylde
31:00
Try Ben Stephenson scores for Hull Ionians
31:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
57:00
Try Toni Kuku scores for Hull Ionians
57:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
60:00
Try Tom Carleton scores for Fylde
60:00
Conversion Greg Smith kicks a conversion for Fylde
70:00
Try Adam Brown scores for Hull Ionians
70:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
75:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
75:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
79:00
Try Tom Grimes scores for Fylde

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
James Sanderson is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
79:00 Missed Conversion
Greg Smith misses a conversion for Fylde
79:00 Try 34 - 22
Tom Grimes scores for Fylde
75:00 Try 34 - 17
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
75:00 Conversion 29 - 17
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
74:00 Sub On
Harlan Corrie is substituted on for Fylde
74:00 Sub Off
Ben Vernon is substituted off for Fylde
70:00 Try 27 - 17
Adam Brown scores for Hull Ionians
70:00 Conversion 22 - 17
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
68:00 Sub On
Cameron Crampton is substituted on for Fylde
68:00 Sub On
Callum Ford is substituted on for Fylde
68:00 Sub Off
Gus Warr is substituted off for Fylde
68:00 Sub Off
Adam Lewis is substituted off for Fylde
60:00 Conversion 20 - 17
Greg Smith kicks a conversion for Fylde
60:00 Try 20 - 15
Tom Carleton scores for Fylde
57:00 Try 20 - 10
Toni Kuku scores for Hull Ionians
57:00 Conversion 15 - 10
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
55:00 Sub Off
Ben Carlile is substituted off for Hull Ionians
55:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
55:00 Sub On
David Laverick is substituted on for Hull Ionians
55:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
54:00 Yellow Card
Gus Warr is yellow carded for Fylde
47:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
47:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
40:00 Sub On
Lex Botha is substituted on for Fylde
40:00 Sub Off
Henry Hadfield is substituted off for Fylde
End of period 1
32:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
32:00 Sub On
Adam Brown is substituted on for Hull Ionians
31:00 Conversion 8 - 10
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
31:00 Try 13 - 10
Ben Stephenson scores for Hull Ionians
24:00 Sub Off
Adam Brown is substituted off for Hull Ionians
24:00 Penalty 6 - 10
Greg Smith kicks a penalty for Fylde
24:00 Sub On
Ben Stephenson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
21:00 Sub On
Adam Brown is substituted on for Hull Ionians
21:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
20:00 Missed Penalty
Lewis Minikin misses a penalty for Hull Ionians
14:00 Penalty 6 - 7
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
6:00 Penalty 3 - 7
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
2:00 Conversion 0 - 2
Greg Smith kicks a conversion for Fylde
2:00 Try 0 - 7
Connor Wilkinson scores for Fylde
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As it happened

  • Hull Ionians
  • Fylde
  • 0
  • Connor Wilkinson Try 2:00'
  • Greg Smith Conversion 2:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 6:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 14:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub Off 21:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub On 21:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub Off 24:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub On 24:00'
  • Greg Smith Penalty 24:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Try 31:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 31:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub Off 32:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub On 32:00'
  • Lex Botha Sub On 40:00'
  • Henry Hadfield Sub Off 40:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 47:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 47:00'
  • Gus Warr Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub Off 55:00'
  • David Laverick Sub On 55:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 55:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 55:00'
  • Toni Kuku Try 57:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 57:00'
  • Greg Smith Conversion 60:00'
  • Tom Carleton Try 60:00'
  • Callum Ford Sub On 68:00'
  • Adam Lewis Sub Off 68:00'
  • Gus Warr Sub Off 68:00'
  • Cameron Crampton Sub On 68:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 70:00'
  • Adam Brown Try 70:00'
  • Ben Vernon Sub Off 74:00'
  • Harlan Corrie Sub On 74:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 75:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 75:00'
  • Tom Grimes Try 79:00'

Team selection

Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
Fox, Ollie Fox, Ollie
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Whyte, Ben Whyte, Ben
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Carlile, Ben Carlile, Ben
Fylde
  • 1. Bevan Rodd
  • 2. Ben Gregory
  • 3. Adam Lewis
  • 4. Matt Garrod
  • 5. Nick Ashcroft
  • 6. Ben O'Ryan
  • 7. Sam Dugdale
  • 8. Ben Vernon
  • 9. Gus Warr
  • 10. Greg Smith
  • 11. Tom Grimes
  • 12. Connor Wilkinson
  • 13. Ralph Dowds
  • 14. Henry Hadfield
  • 15. Tom Carleton
  • 16. Elliot Horner
  • 17. Callum Ford
  • 18. Harlan Corrie
  • 19. Cameron Crampton
  • 20. Lex Botha

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 30 113
2. Chester 30 109
3. Sedgley Park 30 101
4. Huddersfield 30 98
5. Tynedale 30 96
6. Fylde 30 93
7. Preston Grasshoppers 30 90

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