Rugby: Harlow Rugby Club continue to march on

Lifestyle / Tue 17th Nov 2015 at 08:23pm

Harlow XV 34 vs. 7 Beccles

London League Division Three North East.

HARLOW kept up their winning form with a good six try to one victory over Beccles on Saturday.

The game was played in atrocious conditions with heavy rain for three quarters of the match and a soaking wet pitch as a result of more rain the previous night. Accurate passing was difficult and the slippery surface posed a major problem for kicking.

On the positive side Harlow were pleased to welcome back fly half Danny Smith who was returning from injury. Within three minutes he put them ahead with a good break feeding Rob Mackie who finished well under pressure in the Corner. The conversion missed but Harlow were five points ahead. Harlow kept up the pressure with most of the play in the visitors half and on fifteen minutes Francis Brown drew two defenders and slid the ball in behind with a grubber kick allowing Alistair Phillips to out-sprint the defence to finish For most of the remainder of the half Harlow kept play in the Beccles half but could not find a gap in the defence. However in the closing minutes the pack set up a good driving maul that was collapsed near the line. Harlow reorganised and with quick hands Mark Twiner found a gap to finish out wide. Given the conditions they were pleased to go into the interval with a 15 – 0 lead.

Beccles got on to the attack right from the restart and were rewarded early on with a converted try reducing the margin to 15 – 7. For much of the third quarter they kept play in the Harlow half but positive tackling kept them from adding to their score. Eventually Harlow got back into the game when inside centre Scott Whitby broke through for the fourth Harlow try; critical because it ensured them the bonus point and gave them a safer margin when the conversion went over for a 22- 7 lead. As the game moved into the final quarter Harlow took control once again. A well worked move allowed debutant Ross Stalley space that he exploited and finished well.  Smith converted taking the lead to 29 – 7. Another break by Ryan McGlone took the score to 34 – 7 and clinched a good result.

Tries: Rob Mackie, Alasdair Phillips, Mark Twiner, Scott Whitby, Ross Stalley, Ryan McGlone
Conversions: Danny Smith (2)

Harlow Team: 1. Martin Cunningham 2. Mark Bowering, 3.Danny Fitzgerald, 4. Mark Twiner, 5. Kerry Palmer, 6. Shaun Roberts, 7.Josh Drake, 8. Kain Clarridge, 9. Ryan McGlone, 10. Danny Smith, 11. Rob Mackie, 12. Scott Whitby, 13. Ross Stalley, 14. Alasdair Phillips, 15. Francis Brown, 16. Peter Frost, 17.Charlie Robinson, 18. Will Grimley

This leaves Harlow third in the league but with a game in hand. On Saturday they travel to Kings Lynn to play west Norfolk who are in second place. When you take into account the good record on the Norfolk side and the pressure of a long journey it could be their hardest match yet.

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