Half the battle already won for the Abbots
HILLINGDON Abbots consolidated their lead at the top of Herts/Middx Division One on Saturday as they ended phase one with victory at Hendon.
The division’s format this year sees the league split into two at the halfway mark, with promotion to Herts/Middx One up for grabs to those in the top half in phase two.
Neil Gordge crossed the whitewash in the first five minutes for Abbots’ first points, converted by fly-half Elliot Wake, while full back Brett Parnham showed his form and pace, collecting the high balls with ease and running them back at Hendon.
It did not take long before an infringement saw Wake score a 40-metre penalty to increase the lead and with Abbots dominating possession and territory, the hosts barely moved out of their half.
Any clearance kick was run back in at pace and driven forward by a strong and focused pack, which saw Adam Webster peel off and cross for the second try, Wade kicking the extras.
The second half saw an improved Hendon crank up a gear, taking the play to the visitors, but Abbots kept to the plan, defending and attacking in equal measure.
In the last minute, with the
TJG1ST light fading and the hosts on the attack, Abbots found themselves defending on their try line and watched with utter disbelief as the opposition player lost the ball forward but was awarded the try, although in the end it did not really matter.
In the same division, Uxbridge won 20-5 at Chess Valley but Ickenham were down 51-0 at home by Watford and, in London One North, Ruislip were seen off 38-28 at home to Eton Manor.