Hampstead put up a fight but can’t keep the lead against table-toppers Twickenham

Hampstead captain Max Rawlinson (centre). Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead captain Max Rawlinson (centre). Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Hampstead put in a strong performance against league leaders Twickenham but were still unable to record their first win of the season in London Division Two North-West as they suffered a 33-13 home defeat.

The hosts started with a gale force wind at their backs and low expectations given Twickenham’s unbeaten start to the season – but they started well, using Morgan Clement’s boot to good effect and looking dangerous every time they got the ball.

It was a familiar tale, though, as pressure was not converted into points, and Twickenham broke upfield to score a converted try.

Clement hit back with a penalty and Andy McEwen scored a try to give Hampstead an 8-7 lead at half-time. However, Twickenham’s confidence shone through and they scored score three quick tries after the interval.

Hampstead grabbed a brilliant consolation try through Pete Evans after a searing break by debutant Will Verona, but it was too little too late.

Captain Max Rawlinson reflected: “There were again signs that we’ve turned a corner, but we need to start winning games soon. We’ve now got a run of games against teams near us in the league and we have to starting performing.”