1st XV - Match centre

Hertford
Guildford
K Lemon, C Joannou, m Allen, B Creasey (2), S Smart, S Taylor
Full time
O Millward, L Rust
S Taylor (6)
G Davies, G Davies
G Davies, G Davies
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier

Hertford 1stXV 47 V Guildford 1stXV 20

Seven try Hertford start the League campaign with a win.

Hertford welcomed Guildford to Hoe Lane on Saturday for the first league fixture of the season and won handsomely after finally releasing the shackles the side from Surrey had imposed on them. In a blistering last thirteen minutes the hosts amassed twenty eight unanswered points to post a score that looked unlikely previously.

In near perfect conditions for Rugby, Hertford spurned an early chance to gain three points as Sean Taylor was awry with his penalty attempt, in contrast Guildford’s Gareth Davies on ten minutes split the sticks from a decent distance out to open the scoring 0-3

Hertford’s repost was almost immediate as an athletic break in midfield by centre Arron Lowe was a catalyst for some neat inter play which saw left wing Kyle Lemon dive in wide out for an unconverted score.

Guildford regrouped and after good pressure scored when Ollie Millward powered over from a close quarter driving maul, Davies was on target with the extra’s and the same player stretched the visitor’s lead further with another penalty as Hertford infringed at the breakdown 5-10

Not long before the interval Hertford reduced the deficit to one point as from a line out maul deep in Guildford’s red zone, flanker Chris Joannou peeled off to force himself over the line to score; Taylor improved this further with the two. H.T. 12-13

The supporters who were enjoying the sunshine and celebrating the 50th birthday of the clubhouse had hardly the time to replenish their libation, as three minutes into the second forty the home side scored again. Right wing Jack Mitchell made a splendid break from within his own twenty two before releasing centre Stuart Smart who in turn unleashed replacement wing michael Allen to score with his first touch. Taylor arrowed the ball through the sticks to snare the two points.

Once again the home side failed to prevent a quick reply as Guildford displayed great hands to put Luke Rust in under the posts and give Davies a routine conversion 19-20

Coming into the home straight it looked as it could be a nervy finish but on sixty seven minutes scrum half Ben Creasey with a neat show and go found a gaping hole in the visitors defence to scamper in behind the posts and give Taylor a tap in conversion.

Hertford buoyed by this seemed to find another gear, great kick off reception by Dave Archer regained possession and a number of phases later Creasey launched a long clearance kick that was not for the first time hungrily hunted down by Mitchell forcing Guildford into touch around their twenty two mark. With the lineout maul engaged practiced skills allowed the ball to be transferred to Mitchell who put Smart in for the score which Taylor duly converted.

The Hoe Lane side were now going for the jugular, sixty seconds later a perfect field of the restart gave Creasey the opportunity to set Allen on a trademark jinking thrust deep into opposition territory where the supporting Taylor completed the expedition with a converted score to the left of the poles.

With the game all but over flanker Ollie Cain made a muscular twenty metres to get Hertford on the front foot and a couple of ruck’s later Creasey used good feet to dance through a tired defence to claim his brace under the uprights, Taylor split the same to close out the scoring. 47-20

Tough on a Guildford side that had contested the issue through out in a game well officiated and played in great spirit.

Five debutants in this game who all acquitted themselves well, Ollie Cain and Jack Mitchell from our youth system along with lock Tim Matthews, centre Arron Lowe and t prop Harry Morgan who showed great energy when he came off the bench. A mention also for Kyle Lemon his first appearance for the 1st XV for over two years having fought a battle against injury and likewise Torran McDougall a year out, I have been privileged to observe these two players amongst others who under the watchful eye of our physio Charlotte have put in hours of rehab, having to deal with the setbacks, the nagging doubts, but enjoying the small step victories such a simply being able to jog again, welcome back lads.

Key moments

10:00
Penalty Gareth Davies kicks a penalty for Guildford
12:00
Try Kyle Lemon scores for Hertford
17:00
Try Ollie Millward scores for Guildford
18:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Guildford
28:00
Penalty Gareth Davies kicks a penalty for Guildford
32:00
Try Chris Joannou scores for Hertford
33:00
Conversion Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
40:00 +41:00
Conversion Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
43:00
Try michael Allen scores for Hertford
44:00
Conversion Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
49:00
Try Luke Rust scores for Guildford
49:00
Conversion Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Guildford
67:00
Try Ben Creasey scores for Hertford
68:00
Conversion Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
75:00
Try Stuart Smart scores for Hertford
76:00
Conversion Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
77:00
Try Sean Taylor scores for Hertford
78:00
Conversion Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
80:00
Try Ben Creasey scores for Hertford

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Sean Taylor is awarded player of the match for Hertford
80:00 Try 45 - 20
Ben Creasey scores for Hertford
78:00 Conversion 40 - 20
Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
77:00 Try 38 - 20
Sean Taylor scores for Hertford
76:00 Conversion 33 - 20
Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
75:00 Try 31 - 20
Stuart Smart scores for Hertford
72:00 Sub On
David Archer is substituted on for Hertford
72:00 Sub Off
Tim Matthews is substituted off for Hertford
68:00 Conversion 26 - 20
Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
67:00 Try 24 - 20
Ben Creasey scores for Hertford
61:00 Sub Off
Aaron Lowe is substituted off for Hertford
61:00 Sub On
Kyle Lemon is substituted on for Hertford
60:00 Sub Off
Louis Castiglione is substituted off for Hertford
60:00 Sub On
Harry Morgan is substituted on for Hertford
49:00 Try 19 - 18
Luke Rust scores for Guildford
49:00 Conversion 19 - 20
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Guildford
44:00 Conversion 19 - 13
Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
43:00 Try 17 - 13
michael Allen scores for Hertford
End of period 1
40:00 +41:00 Conversion 47 - 20
Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
33:00 Conversion 12 - 13
Sean Taylor kicks a conversion for Hertford
32:00 Try 10 - 13
Chris Joannou scores for Hertford
30:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Ben Lloyd kicks to touch for Hertford
28:00 Penalty 5 - 13
Gareth Davies kicks a penalty for Guildford
20:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Gareth Davies kicks to touch for Guildford
18:00 Conversion 5 - 10
Gareth Davies kicks a conversion for Guildford
17:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Gareth Davies kicks to touch for Guildford
17:00 Try 5 - 8
Ollie Millward scores for Guildford
16:00 Penalty Kick to Touch
Gareth Davies kicks to touch for Guildford
14:00 Missed Conversion
Sean Taylor misses a conversion for Hertford
12:00 Try 5 - 3
Kyle Lemon scores for Hertford
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Gareth Davies kicks a penalty for Guildford
2:00 Missed Penalty
Sean Taylor misses a penalty for Hertford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hertford
  • Guildford
  • 0
  • Gareth Davies Penalty 10:00'
  • Kyle Lemon Try 12:00'
  • Ollie Millward Try 17:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 18:00'
  • Gareth Davies Penalty 28:00'
  • Chris Joannou Try 32:00'
  • Sean Taylor Conversion 33:00'
  • Sean Taylor Conversion 40:00 +41:00'
  • michael Allen Try 43:00'
  • Sean Taylor Conversion 44:00'
  • Luke Rust Try 49:00'
  • Gareth Davies Conversion 49:00'
  • Louis Castiglione Sub Off 60:00'
  • Harry Morgan Sub On 60:00'
  • Aaron Lowe Sub Off 61:00'
  • Kyle Lemon Sub On 61:00'
  • Ben Creasey Try 67:00'
  • Sean Taylor Conversion 68:00'
  • Tim Matthews Sub Off 72:00'
  • David Archer Sub On 72:00'
  • Stuart Smart Try 75:00'
  • Sean Taylor Conversion 76:00'
  • Sean Taylor Try 77:00'
  • Sean Taylor Conversion 78:00'
  • Ben Creasey Try 80:00'
  • Sean Taylor Player of the Match 80:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Taylor, Sean Taylor, Sean
Mitchell, Jack Mitchell, Jack
Smart, Stuart Smart, Stuart
Lowe, Aaron Lowe, Aaron
Lemon, Kyle Lemon, Kyle
Lloyd, Ben Lloyd, Ben
Creasey, Ben Creasey, Ben
Archer, David Archer, David
Cain, Oliver Cain, Oliver
Joannou, Chris Joannou, Chris
Matthews, Tim Matthews, Tim
Perks, Matthew Perks, Matthew
Prince, Jamie Prince, Jamie
Jones, Rob Jones, Rob
Castiglione, Louis Castiglione, Louis
Guildford
  • 1. Howard Duffy
  • 2. Ben Holden
  • 3. Bill Mairs
  • 4. Andrew Becker
  • 5. Rich Pollett
  • 6. Ollie Millward
  • 7. Tom Deveraux
  • 8. Joe Garner
  • 9. Bradley Smith
  • 10. Gareth Davies
  • 11. Alex Jordan
  • 12. Luke Rust
  • 13. Tom Harty
  • 14. Alex Gee
  • 15. Dan Paton
  • 16. Mark Watkinson
  • 17. James Kirk
  • 18. Jonny Burden

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Guernsey 3 15
2. Sidcup 3 15
3. Tring 3 14
4. Westcliff 3 11
5. Hertford 3 11
6. Barnes 3 11
7. Dorking 3 11

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