Hitchin 17-29 Kilburn Cosmos: Read CometSport’s report

PUBLISHED: 16:01 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:08 02 October 2017

Tony Williams on the charge for Hitchin Rugby Club

Tony Williams on the charge for Hitchin Rugby Club

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Hitchin had to reshuffle the squad with centre Jon Whitby injured in the warm up and prop Sean McGinnity not making full fitness.

Good handling by their backs saw them run in from outside the Hitchin 22, to score a converted try in the left hand corner, Hitchin’s drift defence not operating in this instance

Pressure from the Hitchin forwards in the Kilburn 22 led to a penalty, successfully converted by Jack Peachey

After 30 minutes, with Hitchin back on the attack, the forwards took the ball to the line for Joe Barnes to touch down for Peachey to add the points and give them a five point advantage.

But within minutes the visitors had broken through to run the ball in under the posts for seven points. As Kilburn continued to keep possession, The loss of inspirational skipper James Bolter before half time, did not do the team any favours.

As Hitchin regrouped the visitors ran in a third try. To add to their problems, Dale Baines was yellow carded, and just before half time Kilburn added a penalty to lead 22 -10.

Both sides sought to play open rugby, with Hitchin looking for a losing bonus point, but the chance was snatched from them, as the visitors scored their fourth try, as their flanker broke through several tackles to score under the posts to get their own bonus point to lead 29 -10.

Joshua Page opened his try account to touch down before the final whistle, for Peachey to convert to close the gap to 12 points

Lock Nick Panton was Hitchin’s player of the match.

Hitchin: James Akrill, Thomas Tidey, James Bolter, Max Stallard, Nick Panton, Lewis Pettinger, Joe Barnes, Anthony Williams, Rhys Gregory, Jack Peachey, Charles Wood-Jones, Carwyn Morgan, Dale Baines, Harry Cartwright, Elliot Gibson

Subs Joshua Page, Samuel Underwood

Scores T: Joe Barnes (1), Joshua Page (1) C: Jack Peachey (2) P: Jack Peachey (1)

Player(s) of Match 1. Nick Panton

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