Search

Evans above! Hendon progress to Middlesex Vase semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 10:19 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:19 25 February 2014

Mike Evans-Jones. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Mike Evans-Jones. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Archant

Mike Evans-Jones scored a try and three kicks as Hendon came from behind to triumph 17-11 at Mill Hill and progress into the semi-finals of the Middlesex Vase.

Hendon were visiting a side who current sit second in Herts/Middlesex Division Three – the league below them – but they were missing a host of first-team regulars.

Mill Hill exerted early pressure and, although the visitors’ defence held up, they conceded two penalties which left them 6-0 down.

Hendon then took control, starting the fightback with a penalty of their own as Evans-Jones halved the deficit – and the forwards then set up a series of rucks and mauls.

Tommy Middleton pushed his way over the whitewash but was adjudged to have been held up, and Roddy Walsh was stopped just short from a pick-up move on the try-line.

Hendon had the momentum, but they suffered a setback at the end of the first half as Evans-Jones was sin-binned for an offside offence.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors stayed on the front foot after the interval – and they went close again 10 minutes after the restart as John Paul Cremin declined to dot back in the corner, instead passing back inside, where the pass was knocked on.

Eventually Brian O’Regan chipped the ball over the Mill Hill defence and winger Judah Simpson collected it before feeding Evans-Jones, who touched down and then converted his own try to put his side 10-6 ahead.

Hendon extended their lead 10 minutes from time as captain Ger O’Donoghue finished off a fine backs move, and Evans- Jones converted again to make it 17-6.

With the match secure, Hendon relaxed in the closing period and Mill Hill took advantage to score a consolation try out wide.

Hendon return to league action on Saturday with a home match against Hillingdon Abbots.

0 comments

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Natwest T20 Blast: Surrey (156-7) beat Middlesex (141-7) by 15 runs

Yesterday, 13:00

England left-back has not played for the club since January, but appears to be making good progress

Yesterday, 11:00

Forward suffered serious injury earlier this year and ‘came very close to dying’

Yesterday, 10:30

Maddie Hinch makes several fine saves, but it isn’t enough to send them through to final

Thu, 15:30

Sarries players Brad Barritt, Will Fraser, Neil de Kock and Schalk Brits took part in session last week

Thu, 14:00

Royston Town visit Coles Park, while Blues ready to entertain National League side Woking

Thu, 13:30

Middlesex man Dawid Malan could also make Test debut in game at the Oval

Thu, 12:00

North Middlesex beat ealing in final on Sunday

PROMOTED CONTENT

Navigating divorce or separation when there are children involved can be emotionally difficult and confusing for everyone involved. Here, Jessica Palmer of Streathers Solicitors in Hampstead, offers answers to commonly asked questions

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now