After a very positive performance, Sheffield Oaks will be kicking themselves this week after narrowly missing out on a win in the season opener at Hemsworth.
In blustery conditions, Oaks dominated early possession and territory with a series of smart turnovers and driving mauls. The pressure eventually told after fifteen minutes when a chip and chase by Jamie Martin was collected by flanker Simon Cowgill for the opening try.
Unfortunately, a mistake from the restart relinquished the advantage almost immediately and another converted try was conceded soon afterwards to Hemsworth’s dangerous fullback. Oaks clawed back a penalty before half time to make it 10-14 at the break.
The second half was more of the same for the Oaks with a number of forays into opposition territory coming up just short. The game then looked to have slipped away when a third converted try was scored by the home side on the hour mark.
Cue a superb backs move on the opposition twenty two that put centre Callum Schofield under the posts. Winger Daniel Hickey made an impression on his début, steamrollering past the Hemsworth number 11. Unfortunately an inspired comeback was thwarted by the home defence as two tries were held up in the final fifteen minutes.
Despite being marooned at 17-21 at the final whistle, it was a terrific performance full of guts and determination. Clive Peacock also made his début for the firsts.
Oaks travel to Wensleydale this weekend and the first home game is the South Yorkshire Silver Trophy match against Leeds Corinthians on the 19th of September – which is also Ladies’ Day at the club.