UTTOXETER produced their best 40 minutes of the season against Market Drayton on Saturday according to director of rugby Donald Hayes.
Bruce Mustard and Pete Allen scored tries as Uttoxeter went in at the break 15-0 up, before going on to claim a 31-19 triumph.
“The first half was an epic performance,” said Hayes. “We did all the basics five times better than any other point in the season to date.
“We took total control of the game. The dominance at the collisions gave us the platform for that control.
“Drayton always like to dominate the contact area – but in the first half we gave them nothing.
“It was a wonderfully satisfactory first-half display.”
Drayton came back at the hosts after the break, but a Tom Sherratt try plus a flurry of points from Aaron Lakin’s boot ensured that Uttoxeter registered a home win.
Hayes said: “In the second half we fell away and the main cause for this was fitness – and this gave Market Drayton the foothold they were looking for and they kicked on.
“We managed the game well and took the easy points when they were gifted to us.
“We kept the scoreboard ticking over to ensure that we kept Market Drayton at an arm’s distance away from us – and what we had done in the first half was enough to carry us through.”
Uttoxeter travel to Newcastle on Saturday for their next fixture in Midlands Three West, and Hayes anticipates a change in personnel.
“The squad is again going to be much changed for next week (Saturday) but we will go into it off the back of a much needed victory.
“Special praise should go out to our most experienced back James Williams, he was rushed back after eight weeks out straight into an unfamiliar position and played really well. The club owe him.
“Also Aaron Lakin’s boot made the difference, he stepped up in Milward’s absence and kept a cool head. Both sides scored three tries a piece but the points struck by Lakin secured the victory.”