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Men 1XV 26 v 29 Old Merchant Taylors RFC - Away League on 19 Oct 2019

Published on Monday, 21 October 2019

Men 1XV 26 v 29 Old Merchant Taylors RFC - Away League on 19 Oct 2019
George Eaton Debut for 1 XV

Hitchin narrowly lost this game, which they should have won, had they taken their chances, particularly in the first half

OMTs were first on the scoreboard within the first two minutes with their centre cutting through the defence to score an unconverted try.

Hitchin hit back with good work by the forwards, forcing play into the OMT’s 22. This ended with a knock on but Hitchin were able to push OMTs over their line but the try was disallowed.  A penalty for a high tackle against OMTs was converted by Ben Wiggins to make the score 5 – 3.

A sustained period of pressure saw OMTs confined to their own 22, lifted only when Ben Wiggins slotted another penalty to give Hitchin the lead.  From the kick off Hitchin were soon back in the OMTs half and a strong run by James Bolter was finished off by Greg Ranson  with a try

Hitchin kicked off up the hill for the second half and a strong run by Armel Baufume was stopped within 5 metres of the line.  A penalty against OMTs was kicked to touch and from the lineout Hitchin pushed over for an unconverted try , credited to Stephen  Freeman

Hitchin couldn’t field the ball from the kick off resulting in a lineout for OMTs on the Hitchin 22 metres line, from which they fed the ball to their inside centre who cut back to score an unconverted try. 

Hitchin got a try back by pushing the OMT scrum back off their own ball, and Will Evans pounced to score, the conversion attempt hitting the upright. 

Hitchin were not able to gather the kick off and OMTs had a line out on the Hitchin 22 from which OMTs started a rolling maul and Hitchin were penalised for collapsing the maul 5 metres out.  The quickly taken penalty resulted in another unconverted try for OMTs.

A few minutes later another penalty against Hitchin resulted in OMTs crossing for a converted try.

An optimistic kick from OMTs was allowed to bounce by Hitchin ,and the OMTs winger following up collected it and ran from 60 m to score under the posts for seven points, and a lead of 29 -21

In the final ten minutes Hitchin kept up the pressure on the OMTs line and from a ruck on the line Will Evans darted over for another try, which went unconverted.

Hitchin kept up the pressure on the OMTs line but could not overcome the stubborn defence for a winning score.

Team Thomas Brown, Stephen Freeman, James Bolter, Ryan Arbon, Matthew Trussell, Samuel Underwood, Ruiri Shanahan, Armel Baufume, William Evans, Benjamin Wiggins, Greg Ranson, George Eaton, William Clifford, Adam Shaw, Elliot Gibson

Subs James Akrill, Jonathan Welsford, Carwyn Morgan

Scores T: William Evans (2), Greg Ranson (1), Stephen Freeman (1) C: Benjamin Wiggins (3)

Player(s) of Match 1. James BolterLondon 3 North West The league: London 3 North West



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