Jay Houghton's bags first-half trick for Church Stretton Samurai in 35-5 rugby win over Market Drayton (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Jay Houghton's bags first-half trick for Church Stretton Samurai in 35-5 rugby win over Market Drayton
Church Stretton Samurai 35 pts Market Drayton 5 pts
JAY Houghton’s first-half hat-trick and five conversions from fullback Tim Downes led Church Stretton to their fifth successive friendly triumph.
Nick Evans crossed for Stretton and they were awarded a penalty try after a high tackle prevented Owen Lloyd from touching down.
Ironically, Stretton scored all of the tries in Saturday’s friendly because Pete Foster - who was given to Drayton due to an injury – crossed for Drayton in the final play of the match.
Stretton led 28-0 at the break and could have won by a bigger margin - Joe Collins was clear when he lost his footing.
Previously, Ashley Passant’s penalty gave a depleted Church Stretton a nar row 20-17 win at Telford RFC 2nd in their fourth friendly.
Telford fought back from 17-5 down at the interval after two tries from captain Ben Speake and one from Tom Ward, plus Alex Pheby’s conversion, had put Stretton in command.