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1st XV - Match centre

Old Haberdashers
Amersham & Chiltern
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

Old Habs 1st XV vs Amersham and Chiltern 1st XV

Habs go down to Chiltern

Habs arrived at their first home game of the season expecting to face a strong Amersham team, who were back in London North 1 after their relegation from National 3 South East last season. The bruising encounter with Fullerians the previous week meant Habs were missing a couple of forwards with concussion and early season availability continued to plague the Croxdale men. That said, Habs still had a strong team out and intended to hit the physicality level shown in the previous week. In a frantic start to the match, Habs struggled to keep hold of early possession as Amersham disrupted at the ruck and piled on the pressure in the scrum. After a couple of Penalties were given away, Amersham kicked deep into Habs territory and soon found themselves 15-0 up. Some better retention from Habs allowed Ian McGee to kick a Pen and get Habs up and running on the scoreboard. First half finished 20-3 to the vistors.
Habs made a better start to the second period with Conor Michaels and Tom Jackson coming on at 9 and 10 to try and change the direction of the game. After another Amersham break away Habs got their first try of the game; sharp thinking from Conor with a quick tap caught the visitors napping and he got over the line. Tom Jackson, looking to get on with the game and carry on Habs momentum, opted for a drop kick for the conversion which just went wide. Unfortunately Habs couldn’t keep on the pressure and with Amersham’s fitness a constant, the visitors scored a couple of length of the field tries and continued to put Habs’s first phase ball under extreme pressure. A consolation try from Tom Jackson, throwing his trademark dummy to at least 3 Amersham defenders and sailing past them, provided the last spark of inspiration from Hab’s perspective. A tough game against a strong outfit and leaving Habs still searching for a first win back in London 1.

Team selection

Johnson, Charlie Johnson, Charlie
Kettel , James Kettel , James
Briffitt, Harry Briffitt, Harry
Miller, Simon Miller, Simon
Farrell, James Farrell, James
McGhee, Ian McGhee, Ian
Whittle, Jonny Whittle, Jonny
Clark, James Clark, James
Gatus, Jonny Gatus, Jonny
Brown, Will Brown, Will
Harris, Andrew Harris, Andrew
Elkington, Ben Elkington, Ben
Sanderson, Ian Sanderson, Ian
Blundell, Stephen Blundell, Stephen
Hasson, Jeremy Hasson, Jeremy

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Old Priorians 17 48
8. Fullerians 17 44
9. Old Haberdashers 17 37
10. Diss 17 37
11. Ruislip 16 33
12. Saffron Walden 17 18
13. Letchworth Garden City 17 16

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