Rugby: Harlow maintain unbeaten record

Lifestyle / Wed 30th Sep 2015 at 11:17am

Southwold 10 Harlow 27
26th September 2015

1st XV – London League Division Three North East

HARLOW made journey to Southwold with a several team changes from the previous week expecting a stern test from a side unbeaten at home for several years. They also faced the fact that with the teams in this division widely spread there is traditionally a strong home advantage.

Harlow kicked off playing with the wind and put pressure straight onto Southwold who tried to force their way out by moving the ball across the back-line. That allowed Wayne Heapy to intercept and go under the posts for the opening score; converted by McGlone for a 0 – 7 lead to Harlow. Harlow continued to keep up the pressure on the home side and from a Lineout they moved the ball well across the backs and winger Phillips out paced his opposite number to finish in the corner. The conversion was missed by McGlone but the Harlow lead was now 0 – 12

A missed tackle in midfield allowed Southwold to break through the Harlow defence and score an unconverted try. Harlow soon countered when from a lineout they made space in midfield that allowed Heapy to feed Phillips. He drew the defence and offloaded back inside to Heapy to go over for his second try taking the score to 5 – 17 in favour of Harlow. Until the end of the first half excellent defensive work by Harlow kept Southwold at bay to leave the score 5 – 17 at Half Time.

As expected Southwold came out strongly at the start of the second half aided even further by the wind which was now in their favour but Harlow were resilient in defence and kept them out. A series of penalties conceded by Harlow allowed Southwold to put pressure on the Harlow line. From a Lineout Southwold managed to set up a driving maul and go over the line for an unconverted try. Score 10 – 17.

From a scrummage and series of phases of attacking play Harlow were able to create an overlap that allowed Phillips to go over for his 2nd try. This took the score to 10 -22 for Harlow and equally important ensured that they had the bonus point for four tries. Southwold were now chasing the game and a loose pass on halfway was collected by McGlone who out sprinted the defence to finish in the corner. Given the headwind and difficult angle the conversion missed but Harlow were ahead by 27 points to ten, a score they maintained until the final whistle.

Lee Harron head of coaching at Harlow summed up as, “A good performance by Harlow but there is still room for improvement as we will come up against sterner opposition and need to be more clinical.”

This Saturday Harlow are at home in the league to Old Cooperians KO 2pm. Spectators are very welcome and ground admission is free. Harlow can expect a tough game against Cooperians who are 5th in the lead. They have a 50 point win against Beccles to their credit and came within two points of beating West Norfolk who very narrowly missed promotion last season.

The Table can be found here: http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/london-se-division/2015-2016/group/19826

Other results from the weekend:
Epping Upper Clapton 34 – 0 Stowmarket
Lowestoft & Yarmouth HWO Upminster
May & Baker 47 – 14 Beccles
Old Brentwoods AWO Wanstead
Old Cooperians 13 – 15 West Norfolk
Tries: Wayne Heapy(2), Alistair Phillips (2), Ryan McGlone
Conversions: Ryan McGlone

Team List:
1. James Ephgrave
2. Danny Stonehouse
3. Peter Frost
4. Mark Twiner
5. Kerry Palmer
6. Shaun Roberts
7. Josh Drake
8. Kain Claridge
9. Charlie Woodington
10. Ryan McGlone
11. Alistair Phillips
12. Wayne Heapy
13. Jamie Fricker
14. George Rains
15. Scott Whitby
16. Martin Cunningham
17. Darren Hawkins
18. Lee Harron

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