Ab­bots’ lapse leads to end of un­beaten record

Hilling­don fail to re­cover from French’s 11 point deficit RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Phil Mar­shall and Tom Olver tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EASTCOTE men's pre­pared for their top of the ta­ble clash with Ox­ford on Satur­day with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over neigh­bours Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ at the week­end.

The boars were look­ing to bounce back after two draws in MBBO Re­gional One – and did so with their big­gest league win of the sea­son.

Eastcote went ahead in the first half with a penalty cor­ner that was con­verted by Peter Brooks but they re­ally up the ante after the break. OMTs' de­fence has no an­swer as skip­per Alex Sto­b­bart recorded a brace while Kevin Haigh, Si­mon Archer, Chris Akhurst and Sam For­mans all got on the score sheet.

Eastcote man­aged to keep a clean sheet and sit sec­ond go­ing into the clash with lead­ers Ox­ford this week while OMTs' are one off the bot­tom with a soli­tary point.

Eastcote ladies' man­aged to get a hard fought 2-2 draw against sec­ond placed Spencer in South Clubs Women's Hockey League Di­vi­sion Two. After ini­tially go­ing be­hind, goals from He­len Wil­liams and Sofia Cas­tle pulled them back level and held on to se­cure a point and re­main in mid-ta­ble. They next face un­beaten Sur­biton on Satur­day, Novem­ber 8. Else­where, Lou Kelsh was player of the match as Old Ux­o­ni­ans edged out Hamp­stead & West­min­ster sev­enths 2-1. Hamp­stead may lie last in Di­vi­sion Two of the Mid­dle­sex Women's League but they pre­sented a stern test. Som­er­set McFadyen put the home side ahead from a penalty cor­ner but Hamp­stead equalised be­fore half time. But as the game en­tered the fi­nal stages, Lisa Kinder scored to take vic­tory for the Ux­o­ni­ans, who now sit sixth in the ta­ble. HILLING­DON Ab­bots paid the penalty for a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion just be­fore half time as they lost their 100 per cent record to London French on Satur­day.

Ab­bots couldn't quite re­cover from an 11 point deficit at the in­ter­val as they were beaten 29-25 with their op­po­nents leapfrog­ging them at the top of Herts/Middx Two as a re­sult of the win.

The dam­age was done late in the first-half as French scored two con­verted tries and a penalty as the vis­i­tors went off the boil and although fly-half El­liot Wake replied with two penal­ties of his own, Ab­bots were 17-6 down as the sides turned round.

Ab­bots, rejuvenated after the break, scored two quick-fire tries through Adam Web­ster and Neil Gordge be­fore poor dis­ci­pline saw the penalty count rack up against them.

Dave Fran­cis then went over for a con­verted try to give Ab­bots hope and they put French un­der enor­mous pres­sure but the hosts man­aged to turn the ball over and add a fur­ther penalty to leave the vis­i­tors with just a los­ing bonus point for their ef­forts.

Ab­bots will aim to get back to win­ning ways on Satur­day against Mill Hill, who edged out sec­ond­bot­tom Ick­en­ham 21-20.

In the same di­vi­sion, Uxbridge stay 12th after los­ing 67-22 at home to Thame­sians and they visit Old Isle­wor­thi­ans, who sit one spot above them, this week­end.

Else­where, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ bounced back from their de­feat against Staines with a 37-10 bonus point win at home to bot­tom of the ta­ble Hemel Hemp­stead in London Two North West.

Ex-Hemel Hemp­stead player Liam Med­de­man re­turned in style to open the scor­ing for OMTs' while James Hib­bert, James Gre­gory, Fran­cis Tuinasakea and Dom Wil­liams also crossed the white­wash.

The win lifted OMTs' into fifth ahead of their trip to the team just be­low them in the ta­ble, Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham, on Satur­day.

Ruis­lip, who are 11th in London One North, nar­rowly lost 33-31 at fel­low-strug­glers Ipswich and they are at home to mid-ta­ble Lu­ton this week­end.

n LET­TING IT SLIP: Hilling­don Ab­bots couldn’t re­cover their deficit against London French Photo by Huw Pow­ell www.buyapho­totms.co.uk

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