Quick-fire Hampstead overcome local rivals UCS
Hampstead 39 UCS 24 HAMPSTEAD ended the year with a satisfying win over neighbours UCS in Saturday s high-scoring London League division three clash on the Heath Extension, writes Pat Mooney. The home side roared into an early 13-0 lead with quick-fire t
Hampstead 39 UCS 24
HAMPSTEAD ended the year with a satisfying win over neighbours UCS in Saturday's high-scoring London League division three clash on the Heath Extension, writes Pat Mooney.
The home side roared into an early 13-0 lead with quick-fire tries from Ben Fehnert - the first of his hat-trick - and Dai Jenkins, converted by Dave Mold.
UCS finally opened their account with a penalty from Casey Mee before Hampstead added two two more unconverted tries from Pete Evans and Fehnert.
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The Old Boys regrouped and skipper Dan Stewart ghosted over from 10 metres for a welcome try, converted by Mee. But Hampstead rounded off the half with a penalty from Mold to leave the half-time score 26-10.
The second half continued in the same vein with both sides attempting to run the ball at every opportunity. Mold added a penalty for Hampstead before the home side scored another unconverted try - Fehnert's treble- to seemingly put the game beyond UCS's reach at 34-10.
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But the Old Boys refused to roll over and dominated the next 15 minutes. Mees grabbed a superb individual try before Pope crashed over. Both tries were converted by Stewart and UCS were back in the game at 24-34.
Although the Old Boys continued to attack the Hampstead line, they were unable to score again. In the end the home side rounded off the scoring with a second try from skipper Jenkins.
Hampstead squad: Henderson, Henwood, Paul, Levett, Gornall, Smyth, Perkins, Lacey Mataira, Mold, Tanner, Jenkins, Evans, Fehnert, Craigs Wadsworth, Worters, Loakman.
UCS squad: Burkill, Whitehouse, Dowding, Jayne, Orr, Harper, Johnson, Skinner, Mee, Stewart, Joseph, Levermore, Thomson, Young, Harding, Pope, Harris, O'Dwyer.