Hitchin Ladies Rugby Club 17-12 Hackney Ladies Rugby Club leaving coach Dale Baines 'proud' of battling performance
PUBLISHED: 12:31 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 06 November 2017
Hitchin Ladies Rugby team beat Hackney Ladies 17-12 in a close-fought top-of-the table victory at Old Hale Way the weekend.
The match was Hitchin’s biggest test of the season so far with competition for places fierce with 32 players fighting for a first team starting berth. .
As in previous league games Hitchin scored their first try inside five minutes from a powerful run down the outside by winger Beth Saunders.
Hackney responded with a try down the wing and a missed conversion meaning all was level in a tense, passionate game at half-time.
Hitchin failed to take advantage of a penalty inside the opponents twenty two after the break but their set-piece play was proving to be difficult for Hackney to handle as they turned over scrums and retained possession well.
Hackney then scored an interception try by their blindside winger converted by their fly-half making the game a very tense 5-12 to the visiting team.
The home side showed their character and determination to dominate by taking three minutes to respond by scoring a well-worked team try touched down by Emma Cooke – but the conversion was missed and Hitchin were running out of time to clinch the win.
Both sides grit and determination in defence and attack. Hackney pinned Hitchin in the corner when Saunders made a run down the right wing handing the defence off but was tackled into touch.
Spurring the hedgehogs on captain Emma Cramphorn made good ground taking the ball into contact. This gave full back Amy Haughton and back row Sarah Bolter the space to skip over the line for a final try. The conversion was scored and Hitchin Ladies won 17-12.
Club stalwart Claire Crompton said: “It was the best game the ladies have played so far this season against the toughest opposition.
“We’re still on track with their aim of achieving promotion.”
Coach Dale Baines said: “The ladies have been working so hard in training and it really is starting to show on the pitch, I have never been so proud of them as I am today”.
The naked calendar is still on sale, raising money for the Great Britain wheelchair rugby team, you can purchase yours either at the club directly or off the Hitchin rugby website.
Conversions: Louise Crombie(1)