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.
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.