London 3 North/West 14/01/2017
Cheshunt 3 Hemel Hempstead 30
Cheshunt’s recent unbeaten run came to an end, when a powerful display from promotion hopefuls
Hemel Hempstead, finally wore down the hosts and the visitors produced 20 points in the last
quarter, to give the score line a lopsided look.
Cheshunt competed for much of the match, but lost influential back row Alex Brown to a red card
early in the second half and eventually, the previously excellent defence, succumbed to the strong
running and superb handling skills of their visitors.
Neither side were able break into their oppositions 22 in the opening quarter, Brown received a
yellow card for an accidental high tackle and with the last move before his re-admission, Hemel
broke the deadlock. A scrum just outside the C’s 22 was put through the phases and finally they
found some space down the left wing for Gareth Jahn to cross the line.
Cheshunt enjoyed some possession in the Hemel half, without seriously threatening the line, but
when they were turned over on the 22, Hemel were quick to counter, good support play quickly got
them up field, but a careless pass in to touch finished the move.
Cheshunt again worked their way up field, this time when they spilt the ball inside the Hemel half,
centre Ryan Doyle was quick to gather the loose ball and run to the line unhindered, for a 0-10
advantage after 35 minutes.
Cheshunt lost skipper Tom Claridge to injury and the visitors looked dangerous for the remainder of
the half, but the Cheshunt defence remained firm and they swapped ends without further addition
to the scoreboard.
The Green and Whites started the second half well and it wasn’t long before a superbly struck
penalty from Louis Mulholland had reduced the deficit to 3-10.
The red card was issued, but Hemel were also reduced to 14 men for a while when they had a player
binned for a high tackle.
The game was largely in stalemate, both defences holding firm and opportunities were few and far
between, with 15 minutes left on the clock, Cheshunt sensed a chance to level the scores, kicking a
penalty up the touchline they had a lineout just 5 metres from the Hemel try line. But, the lineout
was turned over and the visitors were quick to turn defence into attack, they swarmed up field,
keeping possession through many phases and finally worked some space on the right for Nino Massa
6 minutes later Hemel had their bonus point and were out of sight, Daniel O’Brien jinked through the
Cheshunt defence and was in under the posts, the conversion stretched the lead to 3-22. A long
range penalty soon followed and as Cheshunt desperately tried to chase the game, a loose pass was
intercepted on the Hemel 10 metre line and Aled Gamble ran in for another long range try, to
complete the scoring.
C’s will enjoy a rest week next Saturday, before they visit Finchley on the 28 th January, hoping to
return to the top half of the table.