On-fire Ab­bots fly out of the blocks to stay top

Hosts im­press with game as a contest over at half-time RUGBY

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Sean Davies tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FROZEN pitches saw a re­duced fix­ture list at the week­end, but Eastcote braved the con­di­tions to dis­patch Ox­ford Seconds 5-0.

The home side fol­lowed on from an away win at Staines Seconds last week­end to record back-to­back vic­to­ries.

Eastcote did not ap­pear to leave

An im­pres­sive dis­play saw the home side 31-0 up at half time with a bonus point al­ready se­cured and they fin­ished the job in the sec­ond pe­riod to re­main the team to beat.

It did not take long for the hosts to open the scor­ing with man of the match Dave Fran­cis open­ing his side’s ac­count as he touched down un­der the posts.

Ab­bots dom­i­nated the pos­ses­sion in the first half and Neil Gordge scored the first of his two first-half tries just after the 10-minute mark.

The home side con­tin­ued their in­ten­sity and tries from Si­mon Cold­well, Kyle Buck­ing­ham and a first gear in a first half that saw them go into the break 1-0 up cour­tesy of a Kevin Haigh goal.

Haigh calmly con­verted as he rounded the keeper to slide the ball into an empty net.

The sec­ond half saw the home side up the tempo while Ox­ford strug­gled to get out of their own half. Some ex­cel­lent team pass­ing lifted the crowd and re­sulted in goals for James Berger, Will sec­ond from Gordge gave them an unas­sail­able first-half lead.

The vis­i­tors vastly im­proved in the sec­ond half and for the first pe­riod of play both sides at­tacked and de­fended their po­si­tion with lit­tle move­ment ei­ther way.

Buck­ing­ham claimed the first try of the sec­ond half as he showed his pace to storm across the white­wash and claim his sec­ond.

On the hour mark, some fe­ro­cious tack­ling from the vis­i­tors al­lowed them to get a well de­served first score after a much im­proved sec­ond half.

Hilling­don Ab­bots now take a two-week break and will re­turn to ac­tion when they travel to third­placed Hen­don, who this week beat Uxbridge 41-9. Next up for Uxbridge is a trip to Chess Val­ley.

In the same di­vi­sion, Ick­en­ham failed to field a side as they were due to travel to Sara­cens Am­a­teurs. Next week they are at home to Wat­ford.

Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ slipped to a 16-3 de­feat on the road to Old Hab­er­dash­ers in London 2 North West.

They play host to Old Mill­hillians seconds next week Alder­ton, James O’Shea and a sec­ond for Haigh.

Next week Eastcote travel to Ox­ford Hawks for a po­ten­tially sea­son-defin­ing top of the ta­ble clash.

The Seconds fell vic­tim to the weather as their clash with Mil­ton Keynes was called off while Eastcote’s Thirds lost 2-0 against as they look to re­turn to win­ning ways.

In London 1 North, Ruis­lip were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a lead­ers Ox­ford Hawks but re­main in sec­ond place.

Eastcote Fourths stayed top of their di­vi­sion with a 3-2 win at Staines, while the fifths, Ea­gles and Old Boars all recorded vic­tory.

Else­where, Old Ux­o­ni­ans faced South­gate Ladies and came out 3-0 win­ners with goals from Robyn Good­win and two from Liz Laird. bat­ter­ing as they were beaten 39-0 away at Ching­ford. The side will look to im­prove when they face the visit of Eton Manor.

n IN­TEN­SITY:

Neil Gordge was on the score­sheet against Thame­sians

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