Hemel start slow but finish in control to keep no loss record

HEMEL Hempstead Rugby Club recovered from a poor start to secure a 31-13 victory over Old Merchant Taylors on Saturday.

OMT made the most of a series of early penalties in the Herts/Middlesex 1 match to take a 10-point lead after 21 minutes from a converted try and a kick.

The home side bounced back however, and fly-half Ray Adde sprinted across the line to make it 5-10 with 33 minutes gone.

In the second half, the visitors extended their lead with a penalty kick after 12 minutes.

But Hemel fought back again, and minutes later Ross Willoughby touched down to score a try converted by Adde.

From another attack hooker Paul Chowles received the ball from a ruck and pounced over the line to score a try which gave the home side the lead for the first time in the match with 23 minutes of the half gone.

Fullback David St George McKenzie then added to Hemel’s lead by sprinting through the defence to score a great try under the posts which Adde converted to make it 24-13.

Willoughby stormed through again to get his second of the match which again Adde converted to give Hemel the 31-13 win.

The club, who currently top Herts/Middlesex 1, now face Cheshunt in their last league game of the season on April 14.

And after that game is played, the Chaulden Lane side face Barnet in the final of the Herts President’s Trophy, on April 22, with the hope of completing an impressive league and cup double.

The final will be played at OMT’s ground in Croxley Green.