Hedgehogs take a break while team boss Andy gets ready for the Welsh

Hitchin s game against Old Actonians was postponed due to the weather. The game is now due to be replayed at Hitchin a week on Saturday (February 2). This Saturday the Hedgehogs travel to Old Abbotstonians. The seconds lost 19-0 at Sawston in a league an

Hitchin's game against Old Actonians was postponed due to the weather.

The game is now due to be replayed at Hitchin a week on Saturday (February 2).

This Saturday the Hedgehogs travel to Old Abbotstonians.

The seconds lost 19-0 at Sawston in a league and cup double fixture against the Cambridgeshire club's first team.


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The boggy conditions did not suit the fast-flowing game of the Hedgehogs who were hoping to reverse their heavy league defeat at home earlier in the season.

Excellent defending throughout the match restricted the opposition to three tries, the last being scored in the 80th minute.

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Man of the match, Pat Hurst, was involved in many of Hitchin's attacks as well as leading the dogged defensive effort.

The introduction of a number of younger players in the second half helped to maintain the tempo.

Substitute hooker Stuart Merritt produced the tackle of the match on one of the Sawston backs.

* Hitchin Rugby Club's Andy?Stonehouse is also team manager for the England Deaf Rugby squad.

He is taking charge of England as they play their Welsh counterparts a week on Sunday (February 3) at Broadstreet RFC, Coventry (1pm ko).

In the last couple of weeks, the squad have trained together and played two friendly matches, winning one and losing one.

Stonehouse said: "I am really looking forward to my first international match as team manager and I believe we can win against Wales.

"Since my appointment as team manager last year, players have responded well to my dietary and teamwork plans, and they have showed a big improvement."

Admission is adults £5, children (under-16s) and OAPs £2.50.

There is the added attraction of a special guest appearance from Miss England!

For further details, contact Lyndon James (EDRU secretary) on 01354 692598, or alternatively you can email lyndon.james@btinternet.com

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