Hertfordshire see victory in Bill Beaumont County Championship final stolen away in final minutes

PUBLISHED: 12:34 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 29 May 2018

Elliott Byfield scored two tries for Hertfordshire. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

Elliott Byfield scored two tries for Hertfordshire. Picture: PAUL HARDING/PA

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Two late converted tries saw victory snatched away from Hertfordshire in the final of the Bill Beaumont County Championship at Twickenham.

They led by a point with just 10 minutes to go but then Lancashire found a way through the green defence thanks to Anthony Bingham.

A yellow card with five minutes to go ended Herts’ hopes and the subsequent penalty and a further converted score from Steve Collins gave the north-west side a 32-16 win.

There was little between the sides throughout and Hertfordshire, who can be proud of their performance, led twice in the first half thanks to a Sean Taylor penalty and Elliott Bayfield’s try.

They still trailed 12-8 at half-time but a strong start to the second half saw Tring’s Bayfield go over again for his second try.

The teams then traded penalties leaving Hertfordshire with their noses in front until those fateful late stages.

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