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Old Merchant Taylors'
Cheshunt
Full time
J Bailey, T Claridge, B Bolton, L Mulholland
L Mulholland (3), R Shoobridge
L Mulholland
B Bolton
Sat 10 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West

London 3 North/West. 10th December 2016

Old Merchant Taylors 25 Cheshunt 34


Cheshunt played some of their best rugby of the season and secured a bonus point victory, which

helped them leapfrog their opponents and climb a couple of places in the league. The match was

played on a gloomy afternoon, but the pristine conditions of the OMT pitch, allowed both sides to

play entertaining rugby.

Although Cheshunt threatened first, when Connor Pearce broke through, the visitors couldn’t keep

hold of the ball and it was the home side that had the better of the opening exchanges. They were

able to get into Cheshunt territory after a couple of penalties and when C’s infringed again 30 yards

out, OMT’s kicked the penalty to be first on the board.

Cheshunt almost immediately had the chance to level, but Louis Mulholland’s penalty effort was

pulled wide. They remained in the OMT half after a bulldozing run from Gregg Morris, this time Joel

Bailey couldn’t quite keep hold of his pass on the 22 with the line at his mercy, however, an

infringement from the home side allowed Mulholland to level the scores after 19 minutes.

OMTs spent the next 10 minutes camped inside the Cheshunt 22, they missed an incredibly easy

chance under the posts, then converted a more difficult kick to restore their 3 point advantage.

Cheshunt then missed another long range penalty opportunity, but the drop out re-start went to

Bobby Bolton, he spun through a couple of tackles and released Pearce who again burst through the

centre, as the last tackler came across he found Bailey and he crossed the line near the posts, with

Mulholland’s extras, C’s led 6-10.

Again the re-start found its way to Bolton, this time he found Reece Shoobridge who spotted lots of

space deep in the OMT half and pressure from the Cheshunt attackers forced the home side to

concede the put in at the set piece, Mulholland picked and a short pass to skipper Tom Claridge saw

him crash through and over the line, another conversion extended the lead to 6 -17 at the break.

Cheshunt were now the better team and threatened from all over the park, although they spent

sometime in the OMT half, they couldn’t add to their score until they were able to attack from deep

and against a less structured defence, when an OMT attack was turned over Alex Clark soon spotted

some space down field, a nicely weighted kick was fielded by the covering home defence, this time

the clearance kick found Mulholland on halfway, his high up and under was pursued by Bolton, he

tackled the ball catcher, then pinched the loose ball and scored under the posts, another conversion

took C’s to 6-24.

Cheshunt were enjoying themselves on the immaculate surface, Shoobridge made some lovely

breaks from fly half, Sam Rule, Kaz Topham and Richard Valentine all threatened with ball in hand

and the travelling support were treated to some attractive rugby. Morris, Oliver Martines, Jake

Phillips and Richard Lynn all worked hard in the front row, Frank Hall stopped many potential OMT

attacks at the breakdown and Alec Lawrence continues to impress and improve every week.

The home side though had their moments and the forwards were able to drive over from short

range halfway through the second period to narrow the gap to 13-24, but Cheshunt were soon out

of sight, with a lovely solo try from scrum half Mulholland. From a scrum on the OMT 22, he picked

and ran to the short side, Topham ran the dummy run perfectly, drawing the defenders which

allowed Mulholland around the outside and he outpaced the defence to the line and secured the

bonus point try, this time Shoobridge added the extras to push the score to 13-31.

Cheshunt were a little bewildered when the referee awarded a penalty try to the home side a few

minutes later to again bring the lead back to 11 points, but Cheshunt were in control and were able

to spend most of the rest of the game in the OMT half.

They certainly looked to have finished with a flourish, after another break from Shoobridge they

should have scored again, but the pass was dropped and OMT thought the danger had passed when

they had cleared to halfway; Bolton again took the high ball and returned the clearance with a

beautifully struck drop goal from just inside the half, to complete the Cheshunt scoring.

There was still time for a last attack from the home side and they crossed with the last move for a

consolation score, the conversion was missed which denied them a losing bonus point.

Next Saturday Cheshunt welcomes Datchworth to Andrews Lane.

Key moments

10:00
Try Joel Bailey scores for Cheshunt
11:00
Conversion Louis Mulholland kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
12:00
Try Tom Claridge scores for Cheshunt
13:00
Conversion Louis Mulholland kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
15:00
Try Bobby Bolton scores for Cheshunt
16:00
Conversion Louis Mulholland kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
30:00
Try Louis Mulholland scores for Cheshunt
31:00
Conversion Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
40:00
Drop Goal Bobby Bolton scores a drop goal for Cheshunt
44:00
Penalty Louis Mulholland kicks a penalty for Cheshunt

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Bobby Bolton is awarded player of the match for Cheshunt
44:00 Penalty 0 - 34
Louis Mulholland kicks a penalty for Cheshunt
40:00 Drop Goal 0 - 31
Bobby Bolton scores a drop goal for Cheshunt
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 0 - 28
Reece Shoobridge kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
30:00 Try 0 - 26
Louis Mulholland scores for Cheshunt
16:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Louis Mulholland kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
15:00 Try 0 - 19
Bobby Bolton scores for Cheshunt
13:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Louis Mulholland kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
12:00 Try 0 - 12
Tom Claridge scores for Cheshunt
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Louis Mulholland kicks a conversion for Cheshunt
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Joel Bailey scores for Cheshunt
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As it happened

  • Old Merchant Taylors'
  • Cheshunt
  • 0
  • Joel Bailey Try 10:00'
  • Louis Mulholland Conversion 11:00'
  • Tom Claridge Try 12:00'
  • Louis Mulholland Conversion 13:00'
  • Bobby Bolton Try 15:00'
  • Louis Mulholland Conversion 16:00'
  • Louis Mulholland Try 30:00'
  • Reece Shoobridge Conversion 31:00'
  • Bobby Bolton Drop Goal 40:00'
  • Louis Mulholland Penalty 44:00'
  • Bobby Bolton Player of the Match 80:00'

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League round up

Other London 3 North West results

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25
12
Hitchin
Hackney
30
21
38
29
Staines

Standings

# Team Pl Pts
6. Datchworth 22 50
7. St Albans 22 47
8. Hitchin 22 46
9. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 45
10. Cheshunt 22 43
11. Finchley 22 41
12. Staines 22 12

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