Hanwell RFC latest match report
Hanwell entered December with huge optimism following a great run of results in all competitions, resulting in the club sitting in 2nd place behind division leaders Old Hamptonians who were the opponents in this mouth watering top of the table clash.
Due to a few absentees, Hanwell had to reshuffle the team, giving chances to players in new positions.
Hanwell kicked off and immediately failed to hit 10 metres. The resulting scrum provided the home side to launch a very fierce attack and they worked Hanwell back time and time again.
After 15 minutes the visitors found themselves 10-0 down, due to many uncharacteristic errors but also because of some superb slick play by the home team where they often played the ball out wide from centre.
Shortly after, both teams found themselves down to 14 due to a sin bin awarded either way.
The next ten minutes Hanwell slowly showed some improvement and gained territory only to be halted and turned over by some very smart work by the home team. Hanwell conceded too many turnovers and as a result, Old Hamptonians relentlessly attacked and scored two more tries to make the half time score 22-0 to them.
After the break, Hanwell started the half more competitively with Paul Doherty working hard to get the quicker ball to the centres and wings with Alex Gordon stopping attacks by the home team.
This brief spell however did not bring any points and the home side punished Hanwell once again scoring two more tries bring the score to 32-0.
Hanwell refused to roll over though and following some better play, Paul Doherty broke through a couple of players to score a well earned consolation try for his efforts which Kevin Falvey converted for the extras.
Final score 32-7.
11th December 2014