Letchworth lose 97-0 to Chingford

PUBLISHED: 12:10 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 17 April 2018

Letchworth Rugby Club (Back row L-R) assistant player coach Kieran Davies, Dylan Parsons, Patrick Allen, Ben Cullen, Oscar Robinson, Conor Turner, Kyle Hughes, Richard Stokes, Dave Hatch, Thomas Wilcox, Joe Allinson, Philip Amuimuia, James Eliaschewsky, Hem Johal, 1st XV team manager Mike Mckay and physio Emily Mccarthy. (Front row L-R) assistant coach Liam Fits, Lewis Waters, Harry Chater, head coach Ian Matthews, director of rugby Graham Walker, club president Brian Burke, chairman Chris Lunnon, immediate past president Graham Steele, Francis Denny and Arun Johal.

Letchworth Rugby Club (Back row L-R) assistant player coach Kieran Davies, Dylan Parsons, Patrick Allen, Ben Cullen, Oscar Robinson, Conor Turner, Kyle Hughes, Richard Stokes, Dave Hatch, Thomas Wilcox, Joe Allinson, Philip Amuimuia, James Eliaschewsky, Hem Johal, 1st XV team manager Mike Mckay and physio Emily Mccarthy. (Front row L-R) assistant coach Liam Fits, Lewis Waters, Harry Chater, head coach Ian Matthews, director of rugby Graham Walker, club president Brian Burke, chairman Chris Lunnon, immediate past president Graham Steele, Francis Denny and Arun Johal.

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Letchworth Rugby Club lost 97-0 to Chingford at the weekend.

In some ways this final away Saturday of the season was quite a comforting occasion.

Firstly it should certainly be the last time this team receive a drubbing of this magnitude in the next year – while this young team fought to the end and were unlucky not to cross the whitewash on several occasions.

Unfortunately, title chasers Chingford had more muscle on the bench than the entire Letchworth team and despite the number of tackles made by Legends eventually the floodgates opened

Judging by the performance Chingford put in they should win their playoff and take their place in National 3.

After an impassioned speech by acting skipper Kyle Rambo Hughes in the changing room it was left to former Danish international, legend and captain Ian Kristiansen to add a few words of wisdom including his thoughts of when the side were relegated in the 90s and how they pulled together and bounced back even stronger two seasons later.

As usual there were some diamonds amongst the coaldust with standout performances by Chris Gibbs Lewis Waters Mike Gray and Lewis Jones.

There was no doubt Chingford were worthy winners with their number eight causing devastation in the Letchworth ranks.

However the Legends can put this behind them now as they look forward to a last game at home against Ruislip which should be eminently winnable as long as they keep their faith and confidence following last week’s win against Saffron Walden.

Plans are already afoot for the campaign next year under popular coach Mick Jones, director of rugby Andrew Atkinson and match coordinator Mike Mackay. Most important is the spirit of this young side and have stayed true to the ethos and ethics of Letchworth Rugby Club and will continue to thrive as a team and club in London 2 next year.

Hopefully a large crowd will attend the final game of the season and there is a pre-match lunch at 1.30pm.

You are kindly requested to contact Chris Lunnon on 07973 304747 to book your places.

To book your place at the end of season players dinner call Brian Burke on 07768 274037.

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