Buoyant Belsize ground Airways in 13-try blitz

Belsize Park helped themselves to a grand total of 13 tries as they grounded hapless British Airways on Saturday. Victory was expected given that Park are pushing for promotion from Herts Middlesex League division two (south) while Airways have yet to win

Belsize Park helped themselves to a grand total of 13 tries as they grounded hapless British Airways on Saturday.

Victory was expected given that Park are pushing for promotion from Herts Middlesex League division two (south) while Airways have yet to win this season. But the scoreline was astounding nevertheless.

"It was a fantastic performance by everyone in the side and showed both the level of skills and embarrassment of riches we currently have," said Belsize captain Iain Deay.

The opening try came after the Park forwards drove deep into the opposition half and secured quick ruck ball. Good hands on the outside then created space for Trent Burke to touch down.


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A flurry of tries followed as Park showed excellent inter-passing between the forwards and canny off-loading in tackles.

Debutant stand-off Tony Baxter slotted in and, in combination with Mal Deay, opened up Airway's back line to send Deay and then Greg Jenkins scything through midfield.

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Both had the pace and guile to step round the full-back and keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Ed Grant destroyed the opposition with a hat-trick of tries and subsequently took the man of the match award.

Other highlights included the Park backs running the ball from their own five-metre line in a sweeping move that ended with a score in the corner, and Iain Deay running home from 30metres after a blind-side break by Ben Hannifin.

The referee tried to call the game early but, needing the points difference, Park asked to carry on and added another try before he blew for full time.

Airways had battled valiantly throughout and were rewarded with a consolation try which had questionable grounding.

"This sets us up for a charge towards the top of the table," said Deay.

"And if we repeat Saturday's form then we should go undefeated for the rest of the season and have a great shot at promotion."

Park: Smart, I Deay, Flynn (Taylor), Callender (Roberts), Hannifin, Berkett, Cropp, Harrison, Drewe, Upton, M Deay, Baxter, Jenkins, Grant, Burke (Court).

editorial@hamhigh.co.uk

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