Brilliant Belsize bury Feltham in landslide
BELSIZE Park produced one of their best Herts Middlesex League displays to hammer division two promotion rivals Feltham at Regent's Park on Saturday, write Patrick Mooney. Park ran in an amazing 13 tries against shell-shocked Feltham, who failed to
Belsize Park 75 Feltham 0
BELSIZE Park produced one of their best Herts Middlesex League displays to hammer division two promotion rivals Feltham at Regent's Park on Saturday.
Park ran in an amazing 13 tries against shell-shocked Feltham, who failed to score.
"The whole side played clinical rugby for the full 80 minutes," said a delighted Park skipper Iain Deay.
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"It was a great game to play in, especially in front of the large crowd, who had come to support our club day, including many ex-members and our kids' team, the Belsize Bears."
The thumping win leaves Park in second spot, two points clear of Lockside and Feltham. Kilburn Cosmos lead by eight.
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"We are now in pole-positionfor the second promotion place," added Deay. "But with the two teams just two points behind us we can't afford further slip-ups."
Belsize, who lost narrowly to Lockside the previous week, dominated from the start. Ed Grant soon opened the scoring floodgates with the first of his four tries, after good work by Will Drewe.
The score set the tone for the rest of the match as Park ran Feltham off their feet - so much so that by half time the home side led 44-0.
Park continued to dominate again after the break, scoring a further 31 points without reply.
Indeed, even when Belsize were reduced to 14 players - Henry Middleton left the field with a broken fibula - they continued to score freely. Grant went on to grab three more tries, ably supported by Mal Dreay (3), Ben Wilson (2), Alex Upton (2), Chris Dix and Iain Deay. Drewe landed five conversions.
"This was the climax to a fantastic day for the club," said fixture secretary and landlord of the Chester Arms pub John Roche.
"We had a pre-tour brunch for our end of season tour to Denmark and Sweden, a vice-president's lunch for our ex-members followed by the first game for our kids team, the Bears.
"The firsts gave the best all-round team performance I have seen for many years. It was sensational and promotion is definitely on with three games left."
On Saturday, Park visit Old Isleworthians in the league.