Hampstead overcome Old Haberdashers to end 11-match winning run

Dan Dimoline scored Hampstead's first two tries and kicked three conversions. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Dan Dimoline scored Hampstead's first two tries and kicked three conversions. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Hampstead ended Old Haberdashers’ long winning run on Saturday, securing an impressive 26-12 home win and a bonus point as they leapfrogged their visitors and climbed to sixth place in the London North-West Division Two table.

The away team had won 17 of their previous 20 games – including their last 11 – and had not tasted defeat since January 10 before kick-off on the Hampstead Heath extension.

But Dan Dimoline scored two tries and Christos Cardolious also went over as the hosts took a 19-5 lead into the break - and Will Pettit crossed the whitewash after the interval as Peter Breen’s side secured their second successive victory.

Hampstead, who were hosting their ladies day, repeatedly broke the gain line in the early exchanges and Dimoline showed quick footwork and pace to score the first try.

Max Moncrieffe rose to claim the restart but was taken out in the air, resulting in a yellow card for the perpetrator – and the home team found touch before Tom Jordan broke and offloaded to Dimoline, who touched down again and added the extras to establish a 12-0 lead.

Haberdashers hit back after Jordan – who was a key figure in keeping the dangerous opposition at bay – was sin-binned for killing the ball after halting the visitors just short of the line.

They scored a try from the resulting penalty but, with the last play of the half, Cardolious dummied and stepped and touched down, and Dimoline converted to put Hampstead 14 points ahead at the break.

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The hosts were dominant in the scrum and, when they won one against the head and drove forward, captain Andy McEwan smashed through three tackles before Pettit drew the defence and scored the fourth try, while Dimoline converted again.

Haberdashers applied constant pressure for the last 15 minutes but Hampstead’s defence only allowed them one more try as the home side celebrated an impressive triumph.