Perfect weather for charity match

PUBLISHED: 11:43 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 11:49 06 May 2010

L-r: Referee Chris Pickering is flanked by team captains Andy Piper and Dale Baines

L-r: Referee Chris Pickering is flanked by team captains Andy Piper and Dale Baines

There was special weather for a charity game at Hitchin Rugby Club on Saturday afternoon. The fifth annual Robin Thorpe memorial match had perfect weather conditions as the Lymphoma Association rugby team, aka the Periwinkles, played an invitational Hitch

The charity rugby teams at Hitchin

There was special weather for a charity game at Hitchin Rugby Club on Saturday afternoon.

The fifth annual Robin Thorpe memorial match had perfect weather conditions as the Lymphoma Association rugby team, aka the Periwinkles, played an invitational Hitchin team that featured a number of father and son combinations.

The match contained plenty of free-running rugby together with dogged defending, making for an excellent spectacle.

While the Periwinkles led from start to finish thanks to tries from Joe Allison, Rob Willoughby and Rob Glenister, all converted by Glenister, Hitchin were always in contention.

Led admirably by Dale Baines, Hitchin's mix and match team of fathers and sons together with players from every senior side made it close.

Tries by Baines, Adam Shaw and Matt Hawtin, and two conversions from Shaw, meant the score finished 21-19 to the Periwinkles.

This follows success at an international tournament in Hampshire and was the final event of the team's fundraising effort for this season.

Squad skipper Karl Thorpe will be handing over £7,000 to the Lymphoma Association.


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