Points proved

PUBLISHED: 11:59 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Tim Gray was influential in Letchworth’s victory

Tim Gray was influential in Letchworth's victory

Civil Service 14 Letchworth 21 Letchworth proved a point at top of the table Civil Service. Just seven weeks ago in the clash at Baldock Road, Letchworth led 15-7 with three minutes to go before losing 19-15. Both sides contributed to this post-Christmas

Civil Service 14

Letchworth 21

Letchworth proved a point at top of the table Civil Service.

Just seven weeks ago in the clash at Baldock Road, Letchworth led 15-7 with three minutes to go before losing 19-15.

Both sides contributed to this post-Christmas cracker with the hosts starting brightly and holding a territorial edge.

Letchworth held their defensive pattern and were content to play a waiting game.

It was teenage starlet Phil Pearson who broke the deadlock 10 minutes in.

A wayward kick was fielded and run back. The youngster picked up a pass in midfield, stepping back infield and away from his support. He wrong footed everyone but had fully 60m to go.

The cover raced back but with the stride pattern of a young giraffe, he covered the ground at pace.

One last swerve saw him home safely for a deserved try.

Kicking from both sides was of the highest order but Letchworth held the aces with the Tim and Jim show.

Tim Gray at full back and Jimmy Tirrell on the wing were causing havoc by pacy running out of defence.

Few tackles were missed and the pressure from both sides had an effect on handling.

For Letchworth, Gary Glencross put in a series of shuddering hits to upset the Civil Service forwards.

Outside, Letchworth were playing their patterns well but too many balls were spilt in midfield to create many scoring chances.

Andy Atkinson came closest but was adjudged to have held on in the tackle.

Then veteran Ian Parkhouse, invigorated by a move to wing forward, made a telling break. From the resulting penalty, Atkinson notched three points.

Both sides went to take the break but the referee signalled play on.

Parkhouse showed he needed no rest, barrelling back upfield. He got behind the defence and set the ball free.

It was that man Pearson who latched on to it out wide. He displayed that turn of pace again to score his second.

Atkinson stroked the ball over from the touchline to extend the lead to 15 points. Now the whistle went for the break.

Civil Service came out of the blocks with their own point to prove.

Time and time again they hammered at the door but Letchworth held firm until hero turned villain. Tirrell was carded for deliberate offside and left the field for 10 minutes.

That was the spur the hosts needed. They crossed the line after a series of five metre lineouts. The scorer was their man of the match Ebbett.

Letchworth fired back and controlled play. They were stunned when a 22 drop out kicked up kindly for Ebbett. He emulated Pearson's run to score his second. Rushin converted both to take the score within a point.

Tirrell returned to the fray and immediately made amends. His mazy run induced a penalty chance for Atkinson to kick.

The game was certainly not safe as Service mounted another flurry of attacks. Letchworth's old guard, Tim Moynihan and Ian Skingsley, were rock solid in defence and stemmed the flow.

They earned a well-needed penalty to set up a counter. Panic ensued and Service were penalised for deliberate offside.

Atkinson stepped up to kick the goal from long range and the game was now in the bag.

The coaching influence of Bob Crooks was seen to be spreading as a performance of discipline and flair gave Letchworth extra first XV an easy 51-0 win over neighbours Hitchin 2nds.

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