North Herts Crusaders ready for new season at end of historic week

North Herts Crusaders rugby league team photo

North Herts Crusaders rugby league team line up for a photo. - Credit: MICK JOHAL

North Herts Crusaders enjoyed a good pre-season win at London Skolars - in what promises to be a big week for the club.

The rugby league club are launching their own netball club today (Thursday) in the first move to become a multi-sports club.

Joe Allison and Joe Hall of North Herts Crusaders stop a London Skolars attack

Joe Allison and Joe Hall of North Herts Crusaders stop a London Skolars attack. - Credit: MICK JOHAL

But the established rugby side were merely grateful for a run out after a long 12 months.

The team at White Hart Lane consisted of a mix of old hands and new faces, all of which have shown great promise in training, and with a new leadership team on the pitch of captain Will Clifford and Joe Hall, hopes are high for a good year.

Joe Hall makes a tackle for North Herts Crusaders

Joe Hall makes a tackle for North Herts Crusaders. - Credit: MICK JOHAL

The 42-18 win came courtesy of a hat-trick of tries from Josh Parkhouse and other scores for Joe Allison, Julian Kitson, Joe Hall, Will Evans and James Akrill.

Chairman Ollie Adams, who kicked five conversions, said: "The club has had a short five week pre-season, so to put on a finely-tuned display after such a short amount of time is testament to the leadership and quality within the squad."

Crusaders kick off their Southern Conference league campaign on Saturday against Hammersmith Hills Hoists.

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The Knights meanwhile face St Ives Roosters in the East of England League.

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