Match Report: Hendon RFC 15 - 3 Actonians
By Liam Murphy
Hendon RFC 15pts Actonians RFC 3 pts
Improving Actonians pressured the home outfit whose defence held off the visitors backline attacks.
Hendon coach Phil Smith commented “ the team put in a good shift but have previously played better; with a number of key players missing for the game, positional changes were necessary with other players stepping up to cover, shows that the squad training mid week is proving key in maintaining our position in this most competitive league”. In fact there is only a 4 pts difference in the mid table of 5 Clubs with Hendon in 9th position.
The match started well for Hendon, up the slope in the 1st period with Mike Evans-Jones making a mid field break after 5 mins to the Actonians 22 with back-row TJ O’Sullivan to carry over in the corner for a 5-0 lead. Actonians with the slope advantage kept the pressure up with runs down the wing but after repeated attempts to get anywhere near the Hendon line took a long penalty after the home outfit were caught offside; the kick was successful to narrow the score to 5-3. Mid field play for the remainder of the ½ saw carries by Paul Julian and Gabriele Peraldo penetrating the Actonians defence that held out until the turn-round.
Into the 2nd period it was Actonians looking to take first advantage as again Hendon’s defence was caught offside for an easy kick from the 22 but the kick was wide allowing Hendon to run the game on the “front foot”. From the restart Hendon’s forwards kept the visitors to their own territory with Man of the Match Paul Julian making the breaks through the middle with support from new recruit James Meredith. Midway through the period Hendon mauled repeatedly from the Actonians 22 to be eventually rewarded with a try from a pushover out wide with TJ O’Sullivan taking the honours 10-3. Another run by Chris Kiyingi on the burst from scrum half Billy Burrell was stopped short until a 30 mins Line out to Hendon from 10 metres saw a push over with winger Will Theaker giving additional weight to score in the corner for a 15-3 lead. Into the last few mins. Hendon again repeated the maul strategy but the ball was dropped over the line for a possible bonus score.
This Saturday Hendon are away to 3rd placed St Albans.