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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hampstead Ladies’ first team were beaten 14-7 by Beckenham in Women’s Championship South East Two and dropped from third to fourth place, despite scoring the opening try through Lilly Hunt.

Dan Dimoline scored two tries for Hampstead but they were defeated. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead’s second-half fightback was in vain as they suffered a second successive defeat in London North-West Division Two, going down 32-27 away at Harpenden and dropping to eighth place in the table.

Hendon captain Ger O'Donoghue. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon lost a half-time lead as six penalties from London French condemned them to an 18-17 loss - their second defeat of the season in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Will Allen scored one try and set up another but Belsize Park were defeated. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Belsize Park were left to rue missed penalties as they were defeated 24-21 by promotion rivals Fullerians in Watford and dropped two places to fourth in London North-West Division Three.

Hampstead & Westminster captain Toby Roche. Pic: Mark Clews

Hampstead & Westminster captain Toby Roche says he has mixed feelings about the timing of the winter break as the men’s Premier Division stops for two months.

Saracens' David Strettle. Pic: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Saracens wing David Strettle is looking forward to a “special fixture” as Saracens return to European action and face Sale Sharks in Manchester on Saturday.

Dan Stewart (centre) in action for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook/UCS Old Boys RFC

UCS Old Boys have recorded back-to-back wins and leapfrogged Stevenage Town in the London North-West Division Three table after beating them 19-14 on Saturday.

Alex Bowtell scored the opening try for Hampstead Ladies. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead Ladies’ first and second teams were both at home for the first time this season on Sunday – and they racked up 100 points between them without conceding a single score in reply.

Saracens' Jamie George (left) is tackled by Northampton's Stephen Myler

Hooker Jamie George is looking to put the disappointment of the weekend’s defeat to Northampton Saints behind him as Saracens prepare for Saturday’s trip to Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership.

Belsize Park captain Tom House scored his side's first try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Ben Parker scored Belsize Park’s fourth try with the last play of the game as the hosts secured a bonus point in a 28-10 victory against Wasps, which took them up into second place in London North-West Division Three.

Dan Dimoline's second conversion hit the post as Hampstead unfortunately missed the chance to go ahead in the second half. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead missed out on a fourth consecutive league win and a place in the top four after a poor first-half display condemned them to an 18-15 home defeat against Hammersmith & Fulham in London North-West Division Two.

Laurent Stephenson (centre) scored UCS Old Boys' opening try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys overcame basement boys Old Streetonians 24-14 to earn their first away win of the season and jump two places up the table in London North-West Division Three.

Alex Goode of Saracens. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos.co.uk

Full-back Alex Goode will be lining up for Saracens against Northampton Saints on Sunday, and the England international insists his focus will be on the top-of-the-table clash at Allianz Park.

Will Pettit (centre) scored two second-half tries in Hampstead's victory. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead produced their best performance in at least two seasons, triumphing 17-10 in a notoriously difficult game away at Staines to record a third successive victory in London North-West Division Two.

Cian Hynes scored Hendon's second try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon battled back from behind in the last five minutes to win a rollercoaster encounter, beating Old Isleworthians 27-20 and earning their sixth victory from seven games in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Belsize Park's Charlie Oakes scored the opening try and the late matchwinning penalty. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Charlie Oakes completed the comeback with a last-minute winning penalty as Belsize Park triumphed 18-16 at Hitchin in London North-West Division Three.

David Strettle

Wings David Strettle and Chris Ashton are looking to continue their try-scoring form when Saracens travel to Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.

Saracens' Neil De Kock. Pic: Matthew Impey/Wiredphotos.co.uk

Saracens’ Neil de Kock is looking forward to facing his former club Western Province as South Africa’s Currie Cup champions visit Allianz Park on Sunday.

Hampstead coach Peter Breen:

Hampstead scored five tries to earn a bonus point in their 32-22 home win over Tabard in London North-West Division Two, but coach Peter Breen wants his side to be even more clinical.

John McCarthy (centre) scored Hendon's first try. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon’s fine form continued as they won their fifth game from their opening six league fixtures, gaining revenge over a Thamesians side who beat them twice last season with a 21-14 away win.

Damir Jovanovic scored for UCS Old Boys but they were defeated. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys continue to struggle, losing a narrow half-time lead to suffer their fourth defeat in a row against newly-promoted Hackney in London Division Three North-West.

Lilly Hunt in action for Hampstead Ladies. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead Ladies suffered their second successive defeat in the Women’s Championship South East Division Two, going down 22-7 at Blackheath.

Belsize Park captain Tom House:

Belsize Park fell from the top of the table in a Halloween horror show on Saturday, losing 19-10 at Datchworth in London North-West Division Three.

Nils Mordt in action for Saracens. Pic by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Nils Mordt is looking forward to taking to the field with Saracens’ young stars as they kick off their LV= Cup campaign with a London derby against Harlequins on Sunday.

Hampstead's Christos Cardulious scored two second-half tries to turn the game around. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead coach Peter Breen praised his side’s steel and determination as a patched-up team overturned a 14-point half-time deficit to triumph 27-24 at St Albans in London Division Two North-West.

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