Hitchin 7:26 Stevenage Town
PUBLISHED: 00:38 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 00:44 23 September 2017
Danny Loo Photography 2017
The first local derby of the season did not go Hitchin’s way, as they let in visitors Stevenage to score two tries in the first 15 minutes to take a useful lead.
First Ian Crompton took advantage as the hone side ‘s attack broke down, and later George Turvey added to the score, converted by Adrian Curry
Prop Sean Mcginnity scored for Hitchin after a period of pressure on the Stevenage line, crashing over from five metres, for Jack Peachey to covert from the touchline, to reduce the deficit 7–12
However, as half time approached, Stevenage took the wind from the Hitchin sails, adding a try from Conor Mitchell, converted by Andrew Malins, to lead 19-7
The home side came to life in the second half putting together some good moves.
Utah Taylor-Surman coming came close to crossing the line.
The driving rain made attacking and& running rugby difficult, and play switched from end to end.
Hitchin had periods of possession and territory, but were unable to break the visitors defence
As the game drew to a close, Stevenage scored their fourth bonus point try through Ben Hodge that was converted again by Malins to take an unassailable lead into the final minutes
Hitchin travel to OMT’s RFC on Saturday, seeking their first win.
Harry Elleston, Thomas Tidey, Max Stallard, Nick Panton, Samuel Underwood, James Bolter, Joe Barnes, Anthony Williams, Rhys Gregory, Jack Peachey, Matthew Houlden, Utah Taylor-Surman, Charles Wood-Jones, Richard Sinclair, Elliot Gibson
Subs Sean McGinnity, Carwyn Morgan, Joshua Page
Scores T: Sean McGinnity (1) C: Jack Peachey (1)