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Loan watch: Clifton power past Hinckley

Fourteen Bears players were in dual-registration action over the weekend, with victories for Clifton and Dings in National League Two West.


National League Two West
Clifton 34-13 Hinckley 

Rhys Charalambous, Joe Owen and Macenzzie Duncan all starred for Clifton as they powered past Hinckley at Station Road.

A tense encounter was played out with the home side claiming the initial advantage when hooker Nick Selway was driven over from a catch and drive.  Hinckley were quick to respond when their hooker Dale Bowyer scored a similar try which was converted by full-back Joe Wilson who went on to add two penalties to his tally.

It was Clifton who went on to score five tries and as the game progressed particularly in the final quarter emerged as the superior force to secure a comfortable win. Conditions did force disruption to both sides as the two packs competed on an even basis for much of the game  

With only two points separating the teams at the interval the second half belonged to Clifton with centre Will Owen showing strength and vision in midfield.  He first scored after the interval as his team were gathering momentum and added a second from an individual moment of magic. The game was rapidly turning Clifton’s way and in between Owen’s scores Number eight Brad Taltbot, returning from a lengthy time out through injury, forced his was over.

While Hinckley defended stoutly Clifton began to show how their forwards and backs are able to raise the tempo and seize on any chance to spread their attack. Fly-half Alex Ward contributed three conversions with scrum-half Mitch Spencer ever keen to inject pace.

Leading try scorer Fin Sharp had few attacking chances but showed his pedigree in the closing moments when he twisted and turned into the corner to complete the try count. Ward converted well from the touchline to close proceedings.

In the GKIPA Championship, a Hartpury side featuring Aristot Benz-Salomon and Oscar Lennon were beaten 64-10 by high-flying Ealing Trailfinders, while James Dun and Charlie Powell both started in Jersey Reds' 12-38 victory over Nottingham at Lady Bay.

In National League Two West, Ed Harvey, Tomas Gwilliam and Jimmy Halliwell started for Old Reds in a high-scoring 57-30 defeat to Loughborough Students, while Aaron Thompson scored in a Dings Crusader's 24-29 away win at Stourbridge to stay in second place behind leaders Leicester Lions.

In regional two South West, Sami Hamid made his Lydney debut in a 20-14 defeat at Brixham, while Pete Carter was on the scoresheet for Chew Valley in a 29-0 win at Okehampton.


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