Hendon can’t hold on to the lead at Thamesians

15:37 18 March 2014

Mike Evans-Jones. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Mike Evans-Jones. Pic: Paolo Minoli


Hendon established a 12-point lead away at Thamesians on Saturday but ended up on the wrong end of a 17-12 scoreline in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Judah Simpson and Brian O’Regan touched down to give the visitors a healthy lead after half an hour, but a comeback meant they only took a losing bonus point home with them.

Thamesians were on top for the first 15 minutes and won a penalty, but the kick sailed wide – and instead it was Hendon who took the lead five minutes later, with Simpson going over for an unconverted try in the corner.

The visitors’ forwards then pushed into the home side’s half with a series of rucks and mauls, with Harry Charles and O’Regan combining well.

And although they were initially stopped short, while the backs also failed to capitalise on a good move, the resulting maul gave O’Regan the opportunity to crash over the line – and Mike Evans-Jones converted to make it 12-0 after 30 minutes.

However, Thamesians hit back with their own driving maul before half-time, cutting the gap to 12-7 at the interval, and Hendon found themselves on the back foot after the break.

An overlap allowed the hosts to score another converted try midway through the second period, giving them a 14-12 lead.

And, although the final 20 minutes were very even, it was Thamesians who got the final score in the closing stages with a penalty kick, extending the winning margin to five points.


Latest Sport Stories

Christian Eriksen (centre) scored both of Tottenham's goals against Swansea on Sunday

Christian Eriksen admits he feels like “the old one” in Tottenham’s midfield alongside Eric Dier and Dele Alli, and that it gave him an added sense of responsibility as he scored both of the visitors’ goals in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Manchester United's Ashley Young battle for the ball (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Hector Bellerin after the full-back’s excellent performance in the win over Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his Arsenal side put their midweek disappointment behind them with a 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder