Hanwell V Northolt 14-5
Hanwell saw in November with a win against Northolt II's in a close, hard fought battle at Boston Manor.
Before the game, both sides held a minutes silence in respect to the sad passing of Northolt RFC's Life President Mick 'Chopper' Horton, a true gentleman of the local rugby community. Everybody at Hanwell RFC would like to offer deepest condolences to Mr Horton's family, friends and of course, his club.
The game began with a midfield battle, with both side's forward packs trading blows with defence coming out on top in the first 20 minutes.
The breakthrough came with Northolt's pack securing quick ball to work through the hands releasing the centre to break away down field before offloading to the winger to finish off a really good team try.
With the extras missed, the game restarted with Hanwell making strides into the Northolt 22. Eventually, substitute Kenny Hassan collected the ball and ran out to the left popping a pass to Paul Doherty, who evaded a couple of tackles to go in under the posts.
Darren Breen scored the conversion to give Hanwell a 7-5 lead.
Shortly after, Hanwell were once again defending good Northolt attack, when a turnover gave Hanwell counterattack ball, with Matt Pickersgill running almost the entire length of the field before passing to Alex Todman to score his second try since returning from serious injury.
Once again fly half Breen took the extras to take Hanwell into the break 14-5 ahead.
The second half was probably best described as 'one for the purists'. Both forward packs continued to try and power through each other and whilst the half remained scoreless, it was anything but dull with some great breaks made by both sides - with equally good defensive work.
The game ended as the fist half did with Hanwell taking the spoils 14-5.
The win now means Hanwell are six games without loss and the club are now up to joint second in the Merit Table.