Hitchin 25-22 Old Merchant Taylors: Hedgehogs start the year with a win

PUBLISHED: 10:27 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:49 10 January 2018

Hitchin Rugby Club beat Merchant Taylors

Hitchin Rugby Club beat Merchant Taylors

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Hitchin started their 2018 campaign with a victory against Old Merchant Taylors at Old Hale Way, but left it until the closing minutes before clinching the win with a narrow 25-22 scoreline.

Mistakes by Hitchin let OMT’s back into the game after 10 minutes, crossing the line for an unconverted try after Hitchin were penalised in their own 22.

On 20 minutes Wiggins extended the lead with a penalty to lead by five points before OMT’s who ran the ball through poor tackling to cross in the corner for a second unconverted try to level the score at 10-10 at the break.

Hitchin opened the second half with an unconverted try from winger Will Rooney but OMT’s drew level again, and from the kick off they took a seven point lead. Rooney again touched down to level again. With a minute to go Hitchin were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which Wiggins converted for a hard fought win.

Team Thomas Tidey, Joshua Page, James Bolter, Ryan Arbon, Samuel Underwood, Gary Ayres, Robert Shaw, Anthony Williams, Elliot Gibson, Ben Wiggins, William Rooney, Carwyn Morgan, Harry Cartwright, Alistair Southward, Jack Peachey

Subs James Akrill, Frederick Rooney, Lewis Pettinger, Mark Hoffman, Mark Tidey, Adam Shaw

Scores T: William Rooney (2), Alistair Southward (1) C: Ben Wiggins (2) P: Ben Wiggins (2)

Player(s) of Match 1. Harry Cartwright, 2. Robert Shaw

The Hedgehogs are recruiting! If you’re interested in joining simply turn up at training at Old Hale Way on Tuesday.

For more information call James Bolter on 07511 903777 and visit www.hitchinrugby.com

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