Hitchin Ladies 49-10 Bishop Stortford: Hedgehogs dominant in cup conquest

PUBLISHED: 21:17 30 October 2018

Melissa Ruffell takes the ball forward for Hitchin. Picture: Amy Haughton

Melissa Ruffell takes the ball forward for Hitchin. Picture: Amy Haughton

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Hitchin Ladies First XV advanced to the next round of the cup after a dominant 49-10 win over Bishop Stortford on Sunday afternoon.

Charley Hamilton scoring for Hitchin. Picture: Amy HaughtonCharley Hamilton scoring for Hitchin. Picture: Amy Haughton

The Hedgehogs were in control throughout and out of site with less than 20 minutes played thanks to a Charley Hamilton hat-trick and a Nicky Cameron try.

Bishop Stortford did manage to score on a rare foray forward but tries from Katie Allerton and captain Emma Cramphorn gave Hitchin a commanding lead before half-time.

Cameron picked up her second try after the break, with Suzie Gajda-Hilton and Sarah Bennett also getting on the scoresheet, but the visitors did manage a consolation try in the final moments of the game.

Despite the biting cold, a good crowd gathered at Hitchin Rugby Club to cheer the ladies on, and they saw the home side make the perfect start in the opening minutes.

Katie Allerton races clear of the Bishop Stortford defence. Picture: Amy HaughtonKatie Allerton races clear of the Bishop Stortford defence. Picture: Amy Haughton

Gajda-Hilton started the move with a powerful run before the ball eventually found its way to Hamilton, who crossed over to make it 5-0.

It was soon 10-0 as Hamilton got her second try of the day thanks to some quick passing out to the left wing, putting Hitchin well in control.

The Hedgehogs power and pace was proving too much for Bishop Stortford and they were running away with the game when Cameron scored after good work from Hamilton and Cramphorn down the right.

Hamilton then wrapped up her hat-trick to make it 20-0, with no more than 15 minutes on the clock to cement Hitchin’s domination.

However, completely against the run of play, Bishop Stortford broke out for the first time to get on the scoresheet and make it 20-5, after a brilliant solo run from deep.

The Hedgehogs soon restored their 20-point lead as Katie Allerton pounced on a loose ball near the try line to cross over.

Skipper Cramphorn then got in on the scoring, powering over before Allerton kicked the conversion to make it 32-5 just before half-time.

Hitchin’s domination continued after the interval as Gajda-Hilton crossed under the posts and Cameron scored her second, with Allerton kicking the conversion once again to make it 44-5.

The home side then broke impressively with Hannah Smith unselfishly offloading to Sarah Bennett to score for 49-5.

Bishop Stortford did manage a second try to make 49-10, but it was merely a consolation as Hitchin cruised to a resounding win to advance to the next round.

The Hedgehogs next game will see them return to league action away to Harringey on Sunday, November 11 as they look to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

However, before that game, the ladies will be launching their 2019 naked calender at The Victoria Pub in Ickleford Road on Friday night at 7pm, raising money for the Target Ovarian Cancer charity.

This year’s calender will be the third and final edition, with the two previous instalments grabbing the attention of the national press and even famous US rapper 50 Cent.

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