Finsbury Park meet a tough test at Hammersmith & Fulham
Situated two leagues above the 1st XV the fins suffered defeat at Hammersmith & Fulham RFC in the final preseason fixture.
Hammersmith and Fulham 52 – Finsbury Park 21
On the back of a convincing win against Chesham RFC, Finsbury headed west to face Hammersmith and Fulham RFC. Situated two leagues above the Mighty Fins, this was set to be a tougher test and a real measure of how the North London club is progressing.
A lethargic start saw Hammersmith and Fulham’s speedy winger touch down under the posts early on. It looked set to be a tough afternoon for Finsbury, as their opposition took advantage of some poor tackling and touched down for another try. However the Fins soon rallied and replied in kind with a scything run from fly half Chris ‘imaginary girlfriend’ Green, who skated through a gap to touch down under the posts. The ever-reliable Fraser Findlater converted. Hammersmith played a good territory game, and pinned Finsbury back into their half. However some good lineout work from hooker Fred Bromley and second row Alex Wood weathered the storm.
Finsbury did not let their heads go down. Good scrummaging from front row Andy ‘Bronson’ Wakelin and Ali Walters gave the Fins a spell of possession. Fullback Hugo Murray took full advantage of this with some dazzling runs into the opposition 22. He might have a face of Jamie Roberts, but he has the feet of Quade Cooper.
Following this pressure, the ball wound it’s way to centre Ed Morden, who stretched for the line like Morgan Carter-Tocny towards a spare Faltering Fullback discount card. With millimetres to spare, Morden just managed to touch the ball down. Another try for the fins and another conversion from Findlater.
The introduction of Dan ‘the gut’ Brennan added some well needed bulk to the Fins attack. Although a poorly timed nose pick led to him being taken off for a blood substitution shortly after. Does he have twenty minutes of rugby in him anymore? Your guess is as good as ours.
Hammersmith converted more pressure into points, but the Fins heads did not go down. The introduction of man of the match Paulie Baker set the tone for the second third. Like a young Schalk Burger, Baker appeared to be everywhere making bone crunching hits. For once, his legs were working harder than his mouth. Finsbury took advantage of this momentum with an excellent team score. The fans favourite [MOVE NAME CENSORED] backs move set up space out wide for Fins to make ground down the wing. The ball changed hands between the newly whipped Frazer Findlater, Ed Morden, Chris Green, and the ever present Paulie Baker who touched down. It was late in the day, and thoughts were turning to his new girlfriend, but Findlater managed to muster enough concentration to slot the Fins final conversion.
The hot weather was beginning to take it’s toll, and the Hammers superior fitness was starting to show as they touched down twice early on in the final third of the game.
A tough afternoon, but a good building block and plenty of positives to take forward for the Mighty Fins league start on the 8th of September.