Hampstead Ladies’ second string triumph at Thurrock

Hampstead Ladies' second team

Hampstead Ladies' second team - Credit: Archant

Full-back Mel Wright touched down twice as Hampstead Ladies’ second team earned a 19-12 victory away at Thurrock.

Hampstead started well and were first to put points on the board with a speedy run down the wing from full-back Wright, who crossed the whitewash.

Quick to retaliate, Thurrock took the ball back up the pitch with some big drives from their forwards and managed to run in a converted try.

Hampstead realised the need to keep their tackles low and both sides remained camped in the middle third for around 15 minutes until the backs managed to break the line - but a try by debutant Sarah Milner was disallowed.

Soon after, Thurrock gave away a penalty under pressure five meters out, and quick hands allowed Annie Liddiard to cross the line and convert her own try to put Hampstead 12-7 ahead.

The hosts hit back with a try of their own, levelling the scores. But, five minutes before half-time, Hampstead worked hard to keep possession and once again Wright managed to cross the line - largely thanks to great support running from Rachel Simpson – while Liddiard added the extras.

That was to be the final score of the match and Hampstead maintained their advantage throughout the second period.

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Jess Searle was awarded forward of the match for her excellent defensive work and hard tackles.

Next week Hampstead’s second string host Canterbury in a top-of-the-table clash. All supporters are welcome.