Search

It’s an Ell of a show from Lowe as UCS Old Boys defeat Hampstead

11:20 11 March 2014

Elliot Lowe (right) scored a hat-trick for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook/UCS Old Boys

Elliot Lowe (right) scored a hat-trick for UCS Old Boys. Pic: Nick Cook/UCS Old Boys

Archant

Elliot Lowe scored a hat-trick as UCS continued their bid to stage the greatest of escapes, overcoming local rivals Hampstead to post their fourth win from six games.

The Old Boys looked doomed to relegation at the end of 2013, lying bottom of the league and a massive 18 points from safety.

However, a sharp upturn in results has closed the gap to eight points, giving them a fighting chance of survival with three games to go.

Alex Lowe was the hero in last week’s victory at HAC, scoring two tries and a further three kicks – and his brother Elliot led the way against Hampstead on Saturday, touching down three times in the first half to leave the hosts 28-5 ahead.

UCS endured a major scare after the interval as Hampstead fought back with four tries, but they held on to secure a valuable victory.

Hampstead’s kick-off failed to go 10 metres, gifting UCS a scrum on the halfway line, and Damir Jovanovic’s pick and go took the hosts upfield.

The Old Boys were soon applying pressure inside the 22 and, after some slick hands down the blind side, Elliot Lowe rode the full-back’s and went over in the left corner to open the scoring.

UCS added three more points a couple of minutes later but Hampstead hit back, kicking a penalty into touch to win an attacking line-out, before a strong drive created the space for Joe Brawn to cross the whitewash, with Dan Dimoline converting.

Back at the other end, UCS were awarded a five-metre scrum, and they pushed forward to within touching distance of the line.

Hampstead were able to disrupt the scrum and the ball shot out the back, but Alex Lowe produced an inventive flick to roll the ball to his sibling Elliot, who was able to gather the ball on the left wing and dot down in the corner.

UCS’s set pieces performed well all day, and they drove forward from another scrum on Hampstead’s five-metre line, with Jovanovic and James May keeping the Old Boys moving forward before Ahmed Ghanem broke a tackle and crashed over.

Elliot Lowe then latched onto an effective kick through and dived on the ball to complete a first-half hat-trick and give UCS a commanding 28-5 lead at the interval.

However, Hampstead came out strongly after the break, scoring three tries without reply.

Pete Evans began the fightback, and Dave Mold also crossed the line before Will Pettit touched down for the way team.

However, a loose pass from the visiting fly-half led to a knock-on by their centre, and Alex Lowe was able to gather the ball and race 60 metres to extend the gap again.

Hampstead refused to give up and Evans got his second try, while Dimoline slotted his fifth conversion out of five attempts, to narrow the gasp to three points.

But Tom McAviney made a couple of crucial tackles as UCS held on to close in on 10th-placed Hemel Hempstead, who lost 25-24 at home against HAC.

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

13:05
Hendon's Cian Hynes scored 13 points including a last-minute winning penalty. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Cian Hynes scored a dramatic last-minute winning penalty as Hendon came from behind to beat promotion rivals London French 18-16 at the death in a crucial showdown in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino (left) on the touchline at Wembley on Sunday. Pic: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tottenham blogger Dan Kilpatrick says the League Cup final defeat against Chelsea highlighted the glaring lack of depth in Tottenham’s squad, and that the club have a busy summer ahead.

11:36
Miran Serdarevic (right) has now scored eight tries in 2015, having touched down twice against Hitchin. Pic: davidwphotos.co.uk

Belsize Park scored seven tries to produce their sixth successive victory since the turn of the year, beating Hitchin 51-15, but there was no change in the London North-West Division Three promotion race with four games to go.

13:37
Hampstead coach Peter Breen. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead coach Peter Breen hailed Saturday’s 17-7 home win over Staines as one of the best displays of the season as the hosts completed the double over their visitors in London North-West Division Two.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

A new report is highly critical of local organisations across the county.

The Hollywood actor took on politicians and it was amazing.

Climbers are leaving a big mess on the world’s highest peak.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder