Hitchin 7:26 Stevenage Town

PUBLISHED: 00:38 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 00:44 23 September 2017

Andrew Malins kicks for goal. Picture: Danny Loo

Andrew Malins kicks for goal. Picture: Danny Loo

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.

Rhys Gregory. Picture: Danny LooRhys Gregory. Picture: Danny Loo

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

Rhys Gregory prepares to put in to the scrum. Picture: Danny LooRhys Gregory prepares to put in to the scrum. Picture: Danny Loo

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

Jaden Elley-Murphy. Picture: Danny LooJaden Elley-Murphy. Picture: Danny Loo

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 Hitchin maul gains some ground. Picture: Danny LooThe Hitchin maul gains some ground. Picture: Danny Loo

The home side came to life in the second half putting together some good moves.

Barry Cook shrugs off a tackle. Picture: Danny LooBarry Cook shrugs off a tackle. Picture: Danny Loo

Utah Taylor-Surman coming came close to crossing the line.

The Stevenage line out prepare. Picture: Danny LooThe Stevenage line out prepare. Picture: Danny Loo

The driving rain made attacking and& running rugby difficult, and play switched from end to end.

Hitchin win the lineout against Stevenage. Picture: Danny LooHitchin win the lineout against Stevenage. Picture: Danny Loo

Hitchin had periods of possession and territory, but were unable to break the visitors defence

Andrew Malins slips a tackle. Picture: Danny LooAndrew Malins slips a tackle. Picture: Danny Loo

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

Rhys Gregory carries forward. Picture: Danny LooRhys Gregory carries forward. Picture: Danny Loo

Hitchin travel to OMT’s RFC on Saturday, seeking their first win.

Adam Amos with ball in hand. Picture: Danny LooAdam Amos with ball in hand. Picture: Danny Loo

Liam Halpenny is tackled. Picture: Danny LooLiam Halpenny is tackled. Picture: Danny Loo

Hitchin:

Ben Hodge gets over the try line for Stevenage. Picture: Danny LooBen Hodge gets over the try line for Stevenage. Picture: Danny Loo

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)

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