Hedgehogs lose on the road despite McGinnity’s fifth try of the season

PUBLISHED: 14:29 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:29 18 January 2016

Sean McGinnity

Sean McGinnity

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Hitchin remain sixth in the league table after they suffered a 25-17 defeat at Old Actonians.

The Hedgehogs kicked off up the slight slope and after a period of end to end action they gained some momentum with Christie Caldwell making good ground.

Following good work by James Bolter and Ollie Fountain, Kane Parris went in under the posts with Caldwell adding the extras points.

Actonians struck back almost immediately from a lineout on the Hitchin 22, as they spread the ball wide and outstripped the defence to score in the corner. The conversion kick levelled the score at 7-7.

Hitchin continued to play some bright rugby but twice knock-ons squandered scoring opportunities.

Hitchin missed a penalty but Old Actonians went one better to make the score 10-7.

Some loose kicking, poor chasing and tackling allowed Actonians to add to their tally with a converted try to bring the half-time score to 17-7 to the hosts.

A penalty against Hitchin for handling in the scrum was converted to widen the gap, however strong runs by Bolter and Fountain saw prop Sean McGinnity round off the move by crashing over from five metres for his fifth try of the season.

The conversion hit the post but bounced away harmlessly.

A yellow card for not using the arms in a tackle saw Hitchin reduced to 14 men and Actonians took full advantage scoring an unconverted try out wide.

Hitchin had the last word with Caldwell going over from close in after a lot of pressure from both forwards and backs.

Fountain took over kicking duty, but the difficult conversion went wide denying Hitchin a losing bonus point.

Hitchin are now one of three clubs on 28 points. This Saturday they host league leaders London Nigerian.

Hitchin: McGinnity, Tidey, Bolter, Arbon, Underwood, Ayres, Parris, Williams, Gregory, Caldwell, Aylott, Morgan, Shanahan, Palmer, Fountain. Subs: West, Howard, Hobbs.

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