Hatfield side battle to big win at Chesham
PUBLISHED: 09:17 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009
Chesham 2nds 8 Hatfield 2nd XV 24 HATFIELD S 2nd XV recorded a great win away to Chesham on Saturday. The Roe Hill Hall club climbed into the top half of the Merit League table following their 24-8 victory against a big home pack. It was a good win for
Chesham 2nds 8 Hatfield 2nd XV 24
HATFIELD'S 2nd XV recorded a great win away to Chesham on Saturday.
The Roe Hill Hall club climbed into the top half of the Merit League table following their 24-8 victory against a big home pack.
It was a good win for the visitors after a bitterly fought match that saw fights erupting throughout the game and both sides having a player dismissed.
Chesham started well, using their larger forwards to push Hatfield onto the back foot for all of the first half.
But the hosts only came away with three points from a penalty and it took the home side 25 minutes to get that.
On the half-hour mark a large scuffle broke out that lasted some three minutes following the dangerous use of the boot by the Chesham pack in the ruck.
Hatfield prop Gerwyn Llewellyn got sin-binned for his retaliatory action.
However, both teams were warned that any more fighting would result in red cards.
It looked ominous for Hatfield with one of their big players off, but the home side could not take advantage of the extra man.
In fact, it was Hatfield that took the majority of the points at the end of the first half as the backs linked up well.
Winger Dave Rawlings started a strong run that was passed out to full-back Gareth Evans, who stormed through the defence to score a try from nowhere.
The second half couldn't have started better for the away side as Adam Pengelly received the kick-off on his 22 and scythed through the Chesham defence, finally being brought down in the opposite 22.
He passed from the floor to supporting runner Eugene Bruce.
He powered into the last defenders before passing the ball out of the tackles to prop Chris Butterfield, who scored in the corner.
Gareth Evans converted a very difficult kick to increase the lead.
Hatfield then took control of the game with great interplay between the forwards and the backs.
They kept the ball for long periods and starved Chesham of any possession, causing them to get very frustrated.
This led to another fracas which saw both the Chesham centre and Hatfield's Gareth Evans red carded and they had to be separated on the touchline as the scuffle continued.
Hatfield's backs then made a great break from their own goal-line with strong runs from centres Mark Haddy and James Cook taking the ball upfield.
Scrum-half Jack Griffiths in support offloaded in the tackle to flanker Luke Mitchell, who powered over the line for a brilliantly-worked try.
At 17-3 and with just 10 minutes to go, the Hatfield players thought it was over and paid the price for switching off as the Chesham backs recycled the ball quickly from the kick-off and went over in the corner, much to the astonishment of the visitors.
Hatfield's forwards regained control of the game, leading to one last try.
They powered through the home pack, the ball was quickly recycled and passed out to second row Calvin Doogle, who took two players over the line to score.
Prop Chris Butterfield landed the conversion to make the final score 24-8.