Hatfield's second team claim revenge over Ashmoleans

PUBLISHED: 11:33 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

Hatfield QE 2nd XV 36 Old Ashmoleans 3rds 19 HATFIELD S 2nd XV were too strong for Old Ashmoleans 3rds on Saturday, winning 36-19. The last time these two teams met, Hatfield lost by four points. In this home fixture, the Roe Hill Hall club were determin

Hatfield QE 2nd XV 36 Old Ashmoleans 3rds 19

HATFIELD'S 2nd XV were too strong for Old Ashmoleans 3rds on Saturday, winning 36-19.

The last time these two teams met, Hatfield lost by four points.

In this home fixture, the Roe Hill Hall club were determined to not lose again.

Hatfield QE caught the ball in the forwards and flanker Luke Mitchell ran through a couple of tackles before the ball eventually reached Gareth Evans to score within the first five minutes.

As soon as they scored Hatfield found themselves on the back foot for sustained periods of time and after some dogged defending the Ashmolean pack managed to put the ball over the line.

When prop Jamie Beeney kicked off the wind caught the ball and it didn't go the required 10 metres and the Ashmolean captain called a scum on the halfway line.

The visitors found an overlap to run in the corner.

Hatfield fly-half James Wilkins tried a desperate tackle with his feet and was lucky to just be sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

The fact that the hosts were down to 14 men only spurred them on and veteran prop Geraint 'Taff' Llewellyn crashed over the line.

Beeney converted the try to make the score 12-12.

Hatfield made several substitutions at half-time.

The fresh legs worked a treat and straight from the kick-off the home side were in attack.

There was some fantastic link- up work between scrum-half Jack Griffiths and Dave Rawlings, whose distribution had Ashmoleans running in circles.

After a few breakdowns, Gareth Evans linked up well with James Cook and after a quick one-two Evans went over the line for the second time.

Beeney converted the awkward kick from the corner.

Hatfield weren't finished by a long way and Cook broke through several tackles and found himself going over to make it 24-12.

The Roe Hill club were soon on the attack again and Rawlings got to the breakdown first and passed it out to Bokka, who scored his first try for the club.

But it wasn't to be all Hatfield's half as the visitors intercepted a pass and the Ashmoleans number eight ran 50 yards to touch down under the posts.

From the restart the home side stole the ball and with some quick passing from the backs and good link up play with the forwards Cook found himself scoring for the second time in the game.

The game was played in a fantastic spirit and at the end of the match the referee took the players to one side and congratulated them for producing a great game of rugby.

Captain Steve Ribbons agreed, saying: "This team has come a long way since the start of the season and it was a pleasure to watch the team win so convincingly."

Next week Hatfield Queen Elizabeth's 2nd XV have a quarter-final cup game against Camborne in Cambridgeshire.

This is the furthest the club has gone in a cup competition for several years.

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