Hendon are outpaced by Saracens Amateurs

Hendon captain Brian O'Regan

Hendon captain Brian O'Regan - Credit: Archant

Hendon were well beaten by a youthful Saracens Amateurs outfit who outpaced their visitors in the second half to triumph 50-13 in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Saracens took the lead in the opening minutes, putting together the perfect back-line move to touch down in the corner for a converted score.

However, Hendon hit back as Scott Handley intercepted Mark Ivers’ pass and crossed the line – although the ensuing kick at the posts was missed.

Hendon kept possession and endeavoured to work their way down the park with ruck and maul moves, but a kick over the Saracens’ backs backfired as the home side’s full-back collected the ball and ran around the Hendon defence to put his side 14-5 up.

Hendon’s forwards, led by Brian O’Regan, dominated their opposite numbers, leading to a defensive error as Saracens conceded a penalty, and Handley narrowed the gap to six points with the boot.

Hendon’s defence crumbled in the 25th minute as the Saracens backs powered through with another converted try to take a 21-8 lead.

However, the visitors responded from the restart, making the most of a scrum 10 metres out as Ivers and scrum-half JP Cremin combined to send winger ‘Buzz’ Nunez over in the corner.

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Saracens slotted a penalty between the sticks as half-time loomed, but Hendon were very much in the game at the break, trailing 24-13.

Hendon’s forwards were on top at the start of the second period, threatening inside Saracens’ 22, but they were unable to cross the line.

Instead, the hosts extended their lead, touching down 10 minutes after the interval – and they went on to run in a further three scores in the next 10 minutes to reach the 50-point mark.

To their credit, Hendon took the game to the home side in the last eight minutes but, once again, they could not find the scoring chance when camped on the try-line.

Hendon host West London on Saturday, with the two sides sitting bottom of the league after two games.