Hitchin suffer loss at Tabard on return to the higher division

PUBLISHED: 11:37 18 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:52 19 September 2019

Tabard V Hitchin .


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Archant

Promoted Hitchin were left disappointed on day one of the new London North West Three season as they lost 23-5 away to Tabard.

Tabard V Hitchin - James Bolter collects a line-out for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - James Bolter collects a line-out for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It wasn't all bad though with the scrum in particular causing the Radlett side numerous problems.

Tabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And the gap between the two isn't insurmountable either, giving the Hedgehogs plenty of hope for success as they go deeper into the year.

Tabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hitchin got things started at Cobden Hill but were immediately put under pressure by the hosts.

Tabard V Hitchin - Ruiri Shanahan in action for HItchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Ruiri Shanahan in action for HItchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And after only partially clearing the initial foray, they were penalised in front of the posts for not rolling away and Tabard skipper Jack Reilly kicked the first points of the game.

Tabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He also bagged the first try on 18 minutes after another penalty had been given away by Hitchin.

Tabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Discipline was proving key in the first half and after a shot at goal following a high tackle was missed, further penalties and a yellow card saw Tom King and Reilly's boot make it 15-0.

Tabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Leo Weinstein completed a miserable half for Hitchin as he scored the hosts' third try just before the break.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Aside from the penalty count, Hitchin were struggling to gain much good ball with the line-out failing to function despite the scrum's dominance.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And it looked like the second half would follow the same pattern too when Reilly made it 23-0 in the opening minute.

Tabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But Hitchin finally started to show signs of life with veteran centre Carwyn Morgan to the fore.

Tabard V Hitchin - Liam Kenny in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Liam Kenny in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He broke into the Tabard 22 and after finding no close support, a kick through for the winger to chase ended with the Tabard full-back being bundled into touch.

Tabard V Hitchin - James Bolter in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - James Bolter in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard were penalised at the line-out and Hitchin naturally opted for a scrum from which Will Evans darted through to score.

Tabard V Hitchin - William Evans in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - William Evans in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

A penalty attempt drifted wide for Hitchin and that was that as neither side could add to the score.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin - James Bolter in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - James Bolter in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin - James Bolter in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - James Bolter in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the The Comet

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists