Gallery: Hatfield flying high after British Airways crash
PUBLISHED: 10:36 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:51 26 October 2009
Herts Middlesex 4 Hatfield Queen Elizabeth 25 British Airways 6 LEAGUE leaders Hatfield QE sent British Airways crashing to defeat at Roe Hill Hall on Saturday. Hatfield won their rearranged Herts Middlesex 4 fixture against BA 25-6 to get their weekend
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Hatfield Queen Elizabeth 25 British Airways 6
LEAGUE leaders Hatfield QE sent British Airways crashing to defeat at Roe Hill Hall on Saturday.
Hatfield won their rearranged Herts Middlesex 4 fixture against BA 25-6 to get their weekend double header off to a great start.
It was a convincing win for the hosts and they never looked in danger of losing their unbeaten record in the league.
The first score came as Hatfield secured the ball from the kick-off and the ball sailed through the backs as they pushed on to the halfway mark.
Winger John Thompson deftly offloaded from a heavy double tackle to Leon Tyler, who ran the full 40 yards to score almost under the posts.
Owen Doyle converted for a brilliant 7-0 start for Hatfield.
British Airways woke up immediately and the following 20 minutes was played in the middle of the park with neither team giving much away until finally the home side started to kill the ball in frustration.
A penalty was duly given to the visitors, who converted to make the score 7-3.
The game then got very messy and with the wind howling in no particular direction, the use of the boot was always going to be dangerous.
It was BA's turn to get on the wrong side of the ref and Owen Doyle chose to attempt a difficult shot from 30 yards out and on the touchline.
But his kicking was on form and he took the home team into a 10-3 lead.
The visitors then took control. They spent the following 10 minutes charging at the line but unfortunately for them, bad handling in the backs and the forwards stopped them from taking points away.
The final attack of the half saw a fairly bad accident as Leon Tyler tackled a BA player as he was going to ground.
He caught him high, causing a neck injury and an ambulance had to be called.
The second half was delayed by 15 minutes as the ambulance crew took no chances and heavily strapped the player before moving him.
The first action of the second period saw Hatfield charging for the line but a cynical challenge from a BA player led to a penalty and instead of a try Owen Doyle once again converted the three points.
Moments later, Doyle was again in the thick of it with a wonderful charge down the touchline to score in the corner.
However, he was deemed to have put a foot in touch, so the try was disallowed.
Hatfield didn't have long to wait to score though.
From the resulting lineout Lewis Tyler stole the ball and popped it down to prop Adam Bowe, who crashed over the line to score.
The frustration within the visitors' camp was becoming more evident as they constantly infringed and warnings from the referee went unheeded and a yellow card was the eventual result.
An illegal tackle on winger John Thompson caused a scuffle in the middle of the park that took the referee some time to calm down with a BA player sent to the bin.
Just minutes later, as the Hatfield forwards were marching the ball up the pitch, a poor challenge caused yet another flair up.
This time, as well as another yellow card for British Airways, a red card was somewhat harshly shown to Hatfield's Johnny Warner for retaliation.
In the dying moments of the game Hatfield captain George Stone sparked a final attack with a steal in his own half.
He charged up the pitch and offloaded beautifully in the tackle to Doyle, who passed straight out for Ian Burnett to touch down a very well worked try.
Owen Doyle converted to make the final score 25-6 to Hatfield.