Ab­bots dom­i­nate derby to stay on course

RUGBY

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

League lead­ers Hilling­don Ab­bots be­gan 2015 with a con­vinc­ing win over their neigh­bours as they con­tinue to nav­i­gate their way to­wards pro­mo­tion, writes Phil Mar­shall.

Ab­bots pro­duced a dom­i­nant per­for­mance to claim the derby brag­ging rights with a 66-3 de­mo­li­tion job at Gains­bor­ough Road.

Within seconds of kick-off, Dave Fran­cis broke through the hosts’ de­fence to touch down un­der the posts for the first of three firsthalf tries, El­liot Wake con­vert­ing.

There was no let-up and full­back Brad Buck­ing­ham added another di­men­sion to Hilling­don.

Dyneal Fes­sal took his op­portu- ni­ties and chipped in with a cou­ple of tries.

For­ward Neil Gordge and Kyle Buck­ing­ham also got in on the act, with eight points from the boot of Wake help­ing seal the deal for Ab­bots.

Top-of-the-ta­ble Hilling­don are at home on Satur­day to fifth place Thame­sians.

Ick­en­ham, who next face Sara­cens Am­a­teurs, find them- selves at the other end of the stand­ings and were beaten 58-10 by London French at the week­end.

In London 2 North West, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors slipped to a 24-7 loss to Tabard. They visit Old Hab­er­dash­ers next.

Ruis­lip were com­fort­able 64-26 win­ners over Rom­ford & Gidea Park on Satur­day, with a trip to Ching­ford in the off­ing this week­end. JACK-Hi were beaten 79-38 by London Welsh in their first in­door bowls match of the new year last week. The best rink for the Hayes team was M.Young, Y.Pow­ers, B.Pock­nell and S.Pock­nell, who drew 15-15.

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