Ab­bots pull clear with im­pres­sive away win

League lead­ers stretch gap to five points after vic­tory

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Phil Mar­shall and Matt Lewis tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LEAGUE lead­ers Hilling­don Ab­bots strength­ened their hold at the top of Herts/Middx Two with a big win over Wat­ford on Satur­day.

Ab­bots scored an im­pres­sive 12 tries to beat the hosts 78-12 and move five points clear of London French at the sum­mit.

It took just 60 seconds for Ab­bots fly-half El­liot Wake to put the first points on the board, breach­ing the hosts’ de­fence and con­vert­ing his own try.

Wat­ford, im­me­di­ately on the back foot, strug­gled to get any real mo­men­tum and found them­selves stuck in their 22.

As tem­pers rose, a yel­low card was shown to one of the hosts and a minute later the red was out after an Ab­bots player was taken over the hor­i­zon­tal and dumped to the ground.

The restart saw for­ward Neil Gordge carve his way through the shat­tered de­fen­sive line for the first of his four tries on the day.

Fur­ther tries from Dave Fran­cis, Gordge and Kyle Buck­ing­ham and a 40th minute score from the hosts took Ab­bots into the break with a 38-5 lead.

Buck­ing­ham picked up where he left off after the restart, break­ing away on the coun­ter­at­tack to score his sec­ond.

A mo­men­tary lapse al­lowed Wat­ford to steal in for their sec­ond try, which was con­verted, but that was as good as it got for the hosts.

Gordge, Fran­cis, Ben Foster and a late Hay­den El­liot ef­fort com­pleted the job in style, with kicker Wake rack­ing up 23 points of Ab­bots’ 78 to­tal.

Hilling­don are at home to fifth­placed Har­lequin Am­a­teurs this week­end.

In the same di­vi­sion, Uxbridge con­tinue to strug­gle to find form and were beaten 34-14 by Sara­cens Am­a­teurs leav­ing them third-from bot­tom in the stand­ings ahead of Satur­day’s trip to Wat­ford.

Ick­en­ham, who travel to Quintin at the week­end, went down 64-14 to Old Isle­wor­thi­ans.

Else­where, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ sit ninth in London Two North West, fol­low­ing a 23-15 re­verse to Chiswick, and they play at Hamp­stead on Satur­day.

London One North out­fit Ruis­lip lost 53-10 at Colch­ester at the week­end and will hope for a bet­ter re­sult when Wood­ford come to town this week­end.

n OPENER: Ab­bots’ El­liot Wake

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