Belsize Park maintain four-midable start with victory at Cheshunt

The Belsize Park first XV

The Belsize Park first XV - Credit: Archant

Belsize Park made it four wins from their opening five games of the season in Herts/Middlesex Division One, triumphing 35-18 away at Cheshunt.

In a ruthless display of counter-attacking rugby, Belsize took the chances that came their way, running in five tries and, with it, notching a bonus point.

The win moves them up to third in the league - and to within a point of Kilburn Cosmos at the summit.

The victory also caps a historic weekend for Belsize as it coincided with the Regent’s Park outfit’s ability to field a record six teams – including a veterans side - and five of those teams emerged triumphant on the day.

Belsize’s first XV conceded the lion’s share of possession in the opening period, but scrum-half Matthew Ball broke from the back of a ruck to go over the whitewash – and they were soon celebrating further tries.

First, quick hands from the backs afforded winger Corey Nash plenty of space out wide, and he turned on the afterburners to touch down in the corner.

Then, in unrelenting fashion, wing forward Ryan Harper was next to go over the line following more successful rucking.

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With a 10-point advantage for Belsize at half-time, the second half followed a similar pattern to the first - in spite of Cheshunt’s best efforts to wrestle a foothold in the game, they were unable to breach BP’s defence.

Indeed, when they did manage to record a try of their own, it was sandwiched between further excellent scores from Belsize’s back line.

Centre Richard Wilson and Yannick Hoegerle added their names to the list of try scorers, making Cheshunt’s belated response merely a consolation.