On-fire Abbots fly out of the blocks to stay top
Hosts impress with game as a contest over at half-time RUGBY
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.
Neil Gordge was on the scoresheet against Thamesians