Search

UCS Old Boys battle back but can’t overcome Hammersmith & Fulham

PUBLISHED: 18:13 02 December 2013 | UPDATED: 18:13 02 December 2013

UCS Old Boys captain James Boyde scored twice. Pic: Paolo Minoli

UCS Old Boys captain James Boyde scored twice. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Archant

UCS put in a spirited display against Hammersmith but a home defeat condemned the league’s bottom side to their 10th consecutive loss as they went down 34-17 in London Division Two North-West.

The Old Boys trailed 17-3 at the interval but captain James Boyde scored twice in the second half and, with four minutes left, the hosts were just five points down and pushing for a winning score – only to concede twice late on.

UCS dominated the opening quarter of the game but, despite battering at the door, they encountered solid resistance from the tough-tackling visitors.

Instead, it was Hammersmith who took the lead, turning the ball over 15 metres from their own line and breaking over the halfway line before ultimately creating an overlap scoring a converted try.

They went on to add a penalty and a second converted touchdown before UCS finally got on the scoreboard with a Tom Bamford penalty.

The Old Boys were 14 points down at half-time but they refused to submit, showing real strength and aggression in both attack and defence and again dominating the game – but history repeated itself as they failed to capitalise and conconceded a try against the run of play.

UCS fought back though, with Boyde and James May leading from the front, and they were finally rewarded as Boyde touched down twice – the second from a pushover scrum – to narrow the gap to 22-17.

With four minutes left, the Old Boys had the momentum, and Bamford rifled a diagonal kick deep into the opposition 22, while four chasers closed down the Hammersmith full-back as he collected the ball 15 metres from his line.

Unfortunately, he managed to escape two of the would-be tacklers and sprint up the touchline to set up a breakaway score. Then, with Hammsermith throwing caution to the wind and searching for a losing bonus point, they were undone once more in the final moments.

UCS Old Boys: C Henk, A Henk, Ghanem (Noonan), May, Boyde, Pope (Orr), Zabci, Jovanovic, O’Dwyer, Bamford, Rollo-Walker, Loughnan, Sleath, Oulton (Lowe), Davidson

If you value what this gives you, please consider supporting our work. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Hampstead Highgate Express