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Halifax Ladies
Derby Viper Ladies
A Parkinson, A Jones, S Clough
S Clough
Sun 12 Nov 14:00 - RFUW NC 1 (& Above) - NC North East 1 Full time

Halifax Ladies v Derby Vipers

Strong Derby side prevail over significantly improving Ladies squad writes Grayham Smith

With excellent conditions overhead and underfoot, Halifax started in an impressive positive note taking the play straightway to the visitors. Rebecca Waites and Sophie Wiseman were prominent in driving play well up into the Derby half; good handling was well in evidence. It took ten minutes to advance the score as scrum half Rebecca Dennison, busy at the base of the ruck, linked with Sarah Clough to enable nippy winger Alicia Parkinson over for an unconverted try.

There followed a prolonged period of play within the two 22 meter lines; both sides were intent on playing attractive rugby but defences predominated. The Derby full back was very quick and caused some concern but full back Annya Highley brought off a fine try saving tackle of her counterpart in the 27th. minute .

Derby however were gaining in confidence and application and a good period of pressure resulted after 32 minutes, in their first score close in. It was duly converted .

As the half came to a close, Halifax fought back well and, in turn, applied sustained pressure on the visitors try line . Second rower Amy Jones was strong in picking and driving over from close range . Clough converted to lead 12--7 at the break.

On resumption, Derby took the initiative which, until late in the game, was never surrendered. They handled well and drove the ball upfield effectively, backing each other up and dominating possession. Halifax also suffered from a lack of ball and were relegated to second best in the tight scrummage and at the ruck. Derby were a big strong side and in the second half, at least, began to want the victory more.
Halifax heads did not go down and kept up a strong show of tackling although, no doubt, that would have reduced in effect with the opposition bombardment.

The Halifax spirit revived towards the end; they battered the line and retained the ball for several phases allowing Clough to power over.

The Ovenden Parkers with a significantly improving squad, were effective in the key ruck, scrummage and handling areas but the strength of Derby and their dominance of possession, as the game went on, prevailed.

Cover Photo by Bev Clough Photography

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Key moments

Try Alicia Parkinson scores for Halifax Ladies
Try Amy Jones scores for Halifax Ladies
Conversion Sarah Clough kicks a conversion for Halifax Ladies
Try Sarah Clough scores for Halifax Ladies


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0:00 Try 5 - 0
Alicia Parkinson scores for Halifax Ladies
0:00 Try 10 - 0
Amy Jones scores for Halifax Ladies
0:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Sarah Clough kicks a conversion for Halifax Ladies
0:00 Try 17 - 0
Sarah Clough scores for Halifax Ladies
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  • Sarah Clough Conversion 0:00'
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Team selection

Highley, Annya Highley, Annya
Jackson-Diskin, Kimberley Jackson-Diskin, Kimberley
Vangucci, Rachel Vangucci, Rachel
Thompson, Shelley Thompson, Shelley
Parkinson, Alicia Parkinson, Alicia
Cochrane, Lucy Cochrane, Lucy
Dennison, Rebecca Dennison, Rebecca
Curtis, Jennifer Curtis, Jennifer
Waites,  Rebecca Waites, Rebecca
Trail, Charlotte Trail, Charlotte
Wiseman, Sophie Wiseman, Sophie
Palethorpe, Charlotte Palethorpe, Charlotte
Chamberlain, Laura Chamberlain, Laura
Jackson, Debbie Jackson, Debbie
Clough, Sarah Clough, Sarah

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Harrogate Ladies 11 44
2. Ashfield Ladies 10 24
3. York RI Ladies 10 23
4. Derby Viper Ladies 7 18
5. Halifax Ladies 12 18
6. Littleborough Ladies 7 5
7. Doncaster Ladies 7 1

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