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Ab­bots ex­tend lead RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

EL­LIOT Wake scored 17 points as Hilling­don Ab­bots ripped West London apart to ex­tend their lead at the top of Herts/Middx Two to four points.

Wake scored a sec­ond-half try as well as adding a fur­ther 12 points through six con­ver­sions in Satur­day’s win.

Dave Fran­cis, Brad Buck­ing­ham, Neil Gordge and Liam McPher­son scored first-half tries to give the Ab­bots a 26-0 lead at the break while Brett Parn­ham, Dan Tuck­well and Kyle Buck­ing­ham added fur­ther tries in the sec­ond pe­riod as the Ab­bots ran wild.

West London had been on a four-match win­ning streak but Fran­cis scored a con­verted try within seven min­utes and they ex­tended that lead when Brad Buck­ing­ham touched down in the cor­ner fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive run down the wing.

Gordge then scored another try, con­verted by Wake, as the Ab­bots be­gan to as­sert their dom­i­nance on the match and then McPher­son added another score that Wake duly con­verted just be­fore half time.

Wake started the sec­ond half brightly and added to his points haul by con­vert­ing his own try and Parn­ham then ran 40-me­tres to touch down in the cor­ner.

Mid­way through the half, West London scored their only try of the af­ter­noon after mak­ing good use of a penalty but Ab­bots re­sponded almost im­me­di­ately as Dan Tuck­well scored another try that Wake added the ex­tras.

And Wake was con­vert­ing another score mo­ments later as cap­tain Kyle Buck­ing­ham scored the fi­nal try of the match to round off the vic­tory for Ab­bots who are next in ac­tion against fifth-placed Wat­ford on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Else­where in the di­vi­sion, both Uxbridge’s and Ick­en­ham’s games with London French and Thame­sians re­spec­tively were post­poned.

Uxbridge next host Sara­cens Am­a­teurs while Ick­en­ham wel­come Old Isle­wor­thi­ans in two weeks time.

Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ went down 25-7 to sec­ond-placed Harpen­den in London Two North West and they wel­come fourth-placed Chiswick next Satur­day.

In London One North, Ruis­lip re­turned to win­ning ways by de­feat­ing sixth-placed North Wal­sham 35-7 and they are back in ac­tion on Satur­day week at Colch­ester.

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