White­washed vis­i­tors left in kicker’s Wake

Eleven tries all con­verted by fly half as Ab­bots run riot RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS - By Phil Mar­shall and Dim­itri Kon­do­nis tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN EL­LIOT Wake master­class helped Hilling­don Ab­bots re­turn to the top of the ta­ble.

Wake kicked 11 con­ver­sions, in­clud­ing one from 35 me­tres by the touch­line, and grabbed a try as Ab­bots put last week’s de­feat be­hind them in style.

The first try came after just seven min­utes, when Dave Fran­cis crossed the white­wash. He did the same again mo­ments later as the hosts took con­trol.

Seiz­ing their mo­men­tum, Kyle Buck­ing­ham and Neil Gordge crossed the line, with Wake duly con­vert­ing, amass­ing a 28-0 lead for Ab­bots at the in­ter­val.

Fran­cis scored again shortly after the restart, be­fore Gordge, Liam McPher­son, Buck­ing­ham, Wake, Brett Parn­ham all went over the line.

The ic­ing was then put on the cake as Fran­cis grabbed his fourth try of the af­ter­noon, and stel­lar de­fend­ing meant the vis­i­tors went home with­out get­ting a sin­gle point on the board.

Ab­bots will want to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion when they travel to third-placed Sara­cens Am­a­teurs on Satur­day week.

Uxbridge went down 34-5 at Old Isle­wor­thi­ans, leav­ing them in 12th in Di­vi­sion Two ahead of next week­end’s home game against Quin­ton, who have yet to gain a point.

Win­less Ick­en­ham, who are a place be­low Uxbridge, for­feited their match against West London and face a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge when they play fifth­placed Har­lequin Am­a­teurs on Satur­day week.

Else­where, Ruis­lip got back to win­ning ways with a 24-12 vic­tory against Lu­ton in London One North. They are now 10th go­ing into their meet­ing with four-placed Letch­worth Gar­den City next week­end.

And in London Two North West, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ suf­fered a 44-15 de­feat against high-fly­ing Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham, leav­ing them eighth ahead of host­ing sixth-placed HAC on Satur­day week.

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n ON TAR­GET: El­liot Wake

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