Abbots thrive on new coach’s experience
HILLINGDON Abbots continued their preparations for the new Herts/Middlesex Two campaign with a narrow victory over London Nigerians, writes Phil Marshall.
Abbots won by a single point (32-31) under the watchful eye of their new coach, former Rugby League star Brimah Kebbie.
Kebbie played for St Helens and Saracens and has coached Imperial College and Saturday’s opponents Nigerians, so it was perhaps no surprise, given his knowledge, that Hillingdon edged this one.
Brett Parnham broke the deadlock with the first of his two tries of the afternoon and Neil Gordge got on the scoresheet early on with a well-taken effort. Elliot Wake did his part with the kicking.
Niall Mcloughlin, Liam Mcpherson and Ben Foster were also instrumental. However, it was Wake who settle the contest with a penalty.
Hillingdon Abbots host the Terry Woolley Memorial match on Saturday.
Club stalwart Woolley gave more than 50 years to his club as player, member and captain, and was the prime developer of mini and youth rugby at Old Abbotstonians. Anyone wishing to play, even for five minutes, should call Stuart Parkin on 07855 327 441.
Uxbridge’s RFU Junior Vase adventure was over before it had really begun as they fell at the first hurdle following a 76-14 loss to Merton.
Ruislip began their London One North season with a 41-22 defeat at Barking.