Abbots led lead slip as Welsh stretch defence
Home side made to settle for bonus point after late rally RUGBY
A BELTER of a strike from Alissa Down saved Denham Ladies a precious point at home at home to high-flying Milton Keynes on Sunday, writes Jon Batham.
The hosts were trailing to a well-worked opener by their rivals from up the M1 when Downs unleashed a 30-yard pearler which flew into the roof of the net.
Both keepers ensured it finished 1-1, leaving Denham ninth in the standings.
Welsh opened their account with a penalty kick in front of the posts, but Abbots struck back straight away with a 35-metre kick on the angle from fly-half Elliot Wake to even out the score.
Abbots, initially struggling to get out of their half, were gifted with the try of the match when left wing Ibrahim Kabia seized on a loose pass and ran 60 metres, weaving through six defenders to off-load to supporting player, forward Henry Petch, who completed the move in style, crashing over the white wash
The reserves meanwhile took bragging rights from their derby with Wealdstone, thumping them 5-1 at The Den.
Elishia Allen’s brace led the rout with further goals coming courtesy of Charlie-Leigh Dixon, Crystal Clarke and Lauren Page.
Among the club’s youth sides the U13s were the only winners, beating Bedwell Rangers 4-2. Bedwell led 1-0 at the break but Grace Nwoseh turned their fortunes around with a quick-fire for his side’s first try, which Wake converted.
Equally matched but guilty of multiple infringements, both sides double.
Kaitlin Brown made it 3-1, but Bedwell struck back and it needed Nwoseh to tee up Lauren Clarke for a fourth five minutes from time to seal the points.
Meanwhile, Kayleigh Currivan’s hat-trick proved only enough for a point for the U15s as they drew 4-4 with Crystal Palace.
an traded penalties back and forth until the gaps opened up allowing Welsh to breech the defence and run in two well worked tries. Annie Walsh strike saw Denham led 4-1 before a rousing fightback drew Palace level.
Even then the hosts may have won as they hot the crossbar twice and the post once in a goalmouth scramble in the dying minutes.
Elsewhere, Amy Martins’ goal could not save the 10-men Senior Development Squad from a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and the U12s lost by the same score away to Enfield despite a late goal from Maddie Kirkby.
A further successful penalty kick for Abbots saw the players go into the break, tied at 13-13.
Abbots worked the ball well in the opposition twenty two, allowing forward Kyle Buckingham to drive through and touch down in the corner.
Niggling mistakes gave the ball back to the visitors who slotted a further penalty through the uprights with ease, but a quick turnover ball from the restart forced Welsh to defend heavily and, finding themselves guilty of indiscipline, conceded a penalty try, which Wake converted.
With a nine point buffer Abbots settled into their game, but it was not one-way traffic as the visitors took the battle deep into their hosts half and with a defence stretched too thin, they easily ran in under the posts to close the gap.
A further try from the visitors saw them edge into the lead with Abbots having to settle for a single losing bonus point.
n EQUALLY MATCHED: Hillingdon Abbots could not take advantage of London Welsh’s indiscipline