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Harpeden were not at their best against St Albans in London Two North West but did enough to clinch victory
8:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
A below-par performance didn’t prove costly for Harpenden as they recorded a home 18-8 win against neighbours St Albans in London Two North West on Saturday.
Fly-half Charlie Marchon made his debut for Harpenden and there were positive early signs as he engineered a try-scoring opportunity for the backs and Tristan Francis crashed over for the hosts.
Harpenden held an 8-3 lead at the break and they improved after the interval. However, they struggled to break through a resilient St Albans side.
A powerful run from Adam Sterling showed promise but he was halted by a high tackle from St Albans captain Mark Kentish.
From the penalty, Harpenden increased their lead thanks to a perfect kick from Marchon.
Five minutes later Harpenden left the door open and John Sayers was able to run through and touch down for the visitors, the conversion however was missed.
Marchon was then withdrawn after a foul that saw South African backrow forward Brenton Lemiere yellow carded.
Harpenden made the extra man count as they ensured a victory when Sterling touched down on the left flank and Jack Haddock added the extras to seal the win.
Harpenden will look to build on their performance on Saturday as they visit Chiswick.