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Harpenden fall to Hammersmith and Fulham defeat
12:30pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Local Sport
Harpenden suffered a 29-12 home defeat to Hammersmith & Fulham in London North West Two on Saturday.
Hammersmith full-back Simon Gregory kicked five successful penalties to put a stop to Harpenden’s promising start to the match.
Gregory managed to cope with the elements better than his opponents who spurned two opportunities to take the lead within five minutes of the kick-off.
The Harpenden side did not use the wind to their advantage in the first half, unlike Hammersmith, and a few chances went begging. The forwards played well, and there were plenty of opportunities for the backs to have a run, but time and again too many passes didn’t find their target.
Eventually, on the 30-minute mark, Harpenden got their act together.
Simon McGee played a part in getting the pack to within five metres of the line.
From here, McGee assisted Mike Goode to get a deserved score.
However, Hammersmith increased their lead again soon after as another penalty from Gregory just on half-time meant Harpenden went into the break 9-5 down.
Hammersmith & Fulham’s first try came when a mistake at the lineout by their opponents resulted in needless possession being given away.
Play went across the pitch until a burst of speed from centre Joel Radrich split the Harpenden defence. Another kick by Gregory put Hammersmith into a commanding 16-5 lead.
Harpenden’s Adam Stirling, who ran in from nearly halfway to score his try, gave Yannick Green the chance to convert and haul his team back with a chance.
But Hammersmith wrapped up the win with a fine score from a move that started from the halfway line.
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