Hatfield QEII’s winning start to the season ended by Cheshunt
PUBLISHED: 14:51 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:51 30 October 2015
Hatfield QEII suffered their first defeat of the new Herts/Middlesex Merit Three season as they were thrashed by Cheshunt.
The game started reasonably for Hatfield who were in their own 22 for 25 minutes before opening the gates for Cheshunt to score their first try. The conversion was missed.
Hatfield’s were still showing some dominance in the pack but could not press their power on the game.
The visitors then conceded three successive penalties to put them on the back foot which eventually afforded Cheshunt their second try, this time converted.
Straight from kick-off, Hatfield managed to retain possession and build some yards.
But elaborate handling cost them the last try of the half as it was intercepted and the hosts broke to score again.
The away side started the half very well and began to build momentum once again, putting pressure on Cheshunt’s defence.
Hatfield had been applying pressure and making gains up the field until the ball was quickly shifted out wide but was intercepted once again for Cheshunt’s first score of the second half for 24-0.
This opened up the floodgates for two quick converted tries from some powerful home running and lazy QEII tackling and the score remained 36-0 until the end.
Following the game, player-coach, Jamie Beeney, said: “What ultimately cost us in this game was the penalty count and first up tackles. We were just not good enough all over the pitch.
“We won’t get down because the table is still wide open as all the top teams have now lost a fixture so it is very much all to play for.”
QEII - Bailey, McCrystal, Owen, Poulter, Stone, Smith, Saggers, Dimond, Roberts, Hoey, Easdale, Garrett, Langley, Hunter, Penrose. Subs - Rawlings, Cook, Beeney.
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