Herts prepare for county campaign

PUBLISHED: 16:27 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009

HERTS will host Crawshay s Welsh XV next Sunday in what should be a testing warm-up match as part of their preparations for this season s County Championship. The fixture should feature exciting Welwyn back Jon Child, fresh from helping secure his club si

HERTS will host Crawshay's Welsh XV next Sunday in what should be a testing warm-up match as part of their preparations for this season's County Championship.

The fixture should feature exciting Welwyn back Jon Child, fresh from helping secure his club side's future in London Two North with a 29-21 win over Bury St Edmunds.

The game will also honour the memory of Vivian Jenkins, the former Welsh international who lived his later years in Harpenden.

Jenkins was a life member of Hertfordshire RFU and was also president of Crawshay's Welsh XV at the time of his death.

The match will be played at Old Albanian, kick-off 2.30pm.

Herts hosted Henley Hawks last Monday in a warm-up game at Hertford's Hoe Lane ground.

The county side put in a very encouraging performance, although they lost by one point to an injury-time penalty.

The county's forwards put in a particularly good display against a strong Henley side that included Herts skipper Dave Archer in their back row.

A try by Hemel flanker Craig Bailey, converted by Richard Gregg, gave Herts an early lead.

Henley replied with a try 10 minutes before half-time.

Full back Peter Fermse increased the home side's lead with a try midway through the second half.

However, Henley cut the deficit to two points with a try and then elected to kick a penalty in stoppage time to win the game 13-12.

The selectors hope that this match and the Crawshay's game on Sunday, plus regular training sessions, will produce a good squad for the County Championship Shield campaign which starts on Saturday, May 3 with an away fixture against Eastern Counties at West Norfolk RFC.

The following two Saturdays Herts will entertain Cornwall and Oxfordshire at Hertford and Old Albanian respectively.


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