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1st XV - Match centre

Hull Ionians
Preston Grasshoppers
B Stephenson, T Kuku, L Minikin
Tries
T Spence, M Lamprey
L Minikin (2)
Conversions
T Davidson
L Minikin
Penalties
T Davidson
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Hull Ionians 22 v 15 Preston Grasshoppers

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Ionians overcome late rally to maintain tilt at title.

Ionians overcame potentially their most difficult remaining hurdle in this defeat of in-form Preston Grasshoppers and it now looks like a two horse race for the N2N title, following Chester’s second half demolition of third placed Huddersfield.
Ionians and Chester are tied on 99 points, eleven clear of the chasing pair, with three games to play. It is unlikely either Fylde or Huddersfield can overcome such a deficit but Ionians cannot afford any complacency, even though Chester have a difficult run-in with fixtures against Sedgley Park, Otley and ‘hoppers to come.
So, Ionians fate is in their own hands and should they display the fortitude and resolve Martyn Wood and his team have instilled in the side in the last two games (or more accurately for a good hour of the last two games) then they ought to garner maximum points in their remaining fixtures. Only time will tell.
For the second week in a row Ionian’s challenge lay in overcoming a pack that had given them a torrid time in the corresponding fixture. At Lightfoot Green the Preston pack had shunted Ionians unceremoniously around the plastic pitch to give No8 Matt Lamprey licence to cause mayhem. Ionians only option was to man up and stop a repeat performance.
The challenge was set and accepted, with the home side starting in imposing style, winning a penalty at the scrum for Lewis Minikin to stroke over to give Ionians the lead in the eighth minute.
Preston had a period of possession and good field position but the Ionians defence held and the ever impressive James Sanderson won a penalty allowing Ionians to clear their lines.
Minikin and James Tinknell combined to break three quarters the length of the pitch but the break-down resulted in a ‘hoppers scrum, Lamprey picked up from the base and drove through the first line of cover and ‘hoppers were able to work their way back up into the home 22.
Davidson kicked a penalty to the corner but try as they might the bulky Preston pack made little inroad and when they lost possession Bunting hoofed the ball clear. Play went to the other end of the pitch, with Tinknell again the architect of Ionians attacking thrust, where dangerous play earned the hosts a penalty which was despatched into touch. James Newman leapt like a salmon to seize the ball at the back of the line and supply a pass to Ben Stephenson, peeling round from the touchline and he dropped his shoulder to burrow over for the opening try. Minikin added the extras and Ionians held a 10 point lead five minutes from the break.
Ionians used successful line-out ball to extend the lead, this time switching play wide to Seremaias Turagabeci who slotted a grubber kick through the advancing Preston players for Toni Kuku to gather and acrobatically dot down. Minikin added a magnificent goal to put Ionians 17 – 0 in the lead.
From the re-start Ionians went further ahead; Callum Smith, on for Kuku who injured himself in the act of scoring, fielded the ball and cut through the midfield to set Minikin free. With half a yard of space and only one man to beat the try was a formality and Minikin raced 60m to add his 17th try of the season. He was unable to add the goal but Ionians had a comfortable 22 – 0 advantage.
Preston, who had sustained themselves with judiciously taken rests throughout the opening hour, found their second wind and hit back with a try from effervescent winger, Tyler Spence, who won the race to touch down a ball hacked over the line. Davidson’s goal attempt came back off the up rights.
He made no such mistake minutes later when he added the goal to a Matt Lamprey try, the result of Preston’s persistence, with successive penalties been put into touch to allow the rejuvenated pack to bullock over from close range.
Ionians were under pressure for the remaining five minutes, aided by some mystifying decisions from Mr Wood. The home defence appeared unbreachable and pragmatism dictated that Preston accepted three points on offer, late in the game, to leave with a bonus point for their labours.
Three games remain, book an early appointment at the surgery for your blood pressure tablets, there’ll be a queue.

Lewis Minikin

Player of the Match

Lewis Minikin

Key moments

8:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
34:00
Try Ben Stephenson scores for Hull Ionians
34:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
50:00
Try Toni Kuku scores for Hull Ionians
50:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
53:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
60:00
Try Tyler Spence scores for Preston Grasshoppers
73:00
Try Matt Lamprey scores for Preston Grasshoppers
73:00
Conversion Thomas Davidson kicks a conversion for Preston Grasshoppers
80:00
Penalty Thomas Davidson kicks a penalty for Preston Grasshoppers

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Lewis Minikin is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
80:00 Penalty 22 - 15
Thomas Davidson kicks a penalty for Preston Grasshoppers
73:00 Conversion 22 - 12
Thomas Davidson kicks a conversion for Preston Grasshoppers
73:00 Try 22 - 10
Matt Lamprey scores for Preston Grasshoppers
69:00 Sub Off
Ben Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
69:00 Sub On
Ally Forth is substituted on for Hull Ionians
67:00 Sub On
James Fitzpatrick is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
67:00 Sub Off
Peter Altham is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
67:00 Sub Off
Matt Crow is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
67:00 Sub On
Dan Madden is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
63:00 Sub Off
James Newman is substituted off for Hull Ionians
63:00 Sub On
Chris Jackson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
60:00 Missed Conversion
Thomas Davidson misses a conversion for Preston Grasshoppers
60:00 Try 22 - 5
Tyler Spence scores for Preston Grasshoppers
56:00 Sub Off
James Fitzpatrick is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
56:00 Sub On
Sam Stott is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
56:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
56:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
55:00 Sub Off
Adam Howard is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
55:00 Sub On
Will Davidson is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
55:00 Sub Off
Alex Hurst is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
55:00 Sub On
Luke Proctor is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
54:00 Sub Off
PJ Millea is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
54:00 Sub Off
Dan Madden is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
54:00 Sub On
Noah Miller is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
54:00 Sub On
Ryan Purcell is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
53:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
53:00 Try 22 - 0
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
51:00 Sub On
Callum Smith is substituted on for Hull Ionians
51:00 Sub Off
Toni Kuku is substituted off for Hull Ionians
50:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
50:00 Try 15 - 0
Toni Kuku scores for Hull Ionians
40:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
40:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
34:00 Try 8 - 0
Ben Stephenson scores for Hull Ionians
26:00 Sub Off
Luke Proctor is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
26:00 Sub On
Olly Trippier is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
18:00 Sub Off
Ryan Purcell is substituted off for Preston Grasshoppers
18:00 Sub On
Dan Madden is substituted on for Preston Grasshoppers
8:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hull Ionians
  • Preston Grasshoppers
  • 0
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 8:00'
  • Ryan Purcell Sub Off 18:00'
  • Dan Madden Sub On 18:00'
  • Luke Proctor Sub Off 26:00'
  • Olly Trippier Sub On 26:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Try 34:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 34:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 40:00'
  • Toni Kuku Try 50:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 50:00'
  • Toni Kuku Sub Off 51:00'
  • Callum Smith Sub On 51:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 53:00'
  • Ryan Purcell Sub On 54:00'
  • Dan Madden Sub Off 54:00'
  • Noah Miller Sub On 54:00'
  • PJ Millea Sub Off 54:00'
  • Adam Howard Sub Off 55:00'
  • Will Davidson Sub On 55:00'
  • Alex Hurst Sub Off 55:00'
  • Luke Proctor Sub On 55:00'
  • Sam Stott Sub On 56:00'
  • James Fitzpatrick Sub Off 56:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 56:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 56:00'
  • Tyler Spence Try 60:00'
  • Chris Jackson Sub On 63:00'
  • James Newman Sub Off 63:00'
  • Peter Altham Sub Off 67:00'
  • Dan Madden Sub On 67:00'
  • Matt Crow Sub Off 67:00'
  • James Fitzpatrick Sub On 67:00'
  • Ally Forth Sub On 69:00'
  • Ben Stephenson Sub Off 69:00'
  • Matt Lamprey Try 73:00'
  • Thomas Davidson Conversion 73:00'
  • Thomas Davidson Penalty 80:00'

Team selection

Turagabeci, Jerry Turagabeci, Jerry
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Bunting, Morgan Bunting, Morgan
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Newman, James Newman, James
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Preston Grasshoppers
  • 1. Ryan Purcell
  • 2. PJ Millea
  • 3. Peter Altham
  • 4. Adam Howard
  • 5. Luke Proctor
  • 6. Ally Murray
  • 7. Ryan Carlson
  • 8. Matt Lamprey
  • 9. James Gough
  • 10. Thomas Davidson
  • 11. Matt Crow
  • 12. James Fitzpatrick
  • 13. Alex Hurst
  • 14. Tyler Spence
  • 15. Scott Jordan
  • 16. Noah Miller
  • 17. Dan Madden
  • 18. Olly Trippier
  • 19. Will Davidson
  • 20. Sam Stott

League round up

Other National 2 North results

24
22
Macclesfield
10
42
Sedgley Park
57
10
Huddersfield
36
19
Sheffield Tigers
Wharfedale
14
13
Fylde

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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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