Kilburn edge encounter with Hammersmith & Fulham
Kilburn Cosmos Bs kicked off their Middlesex Merit table campaign with a hard fought win away to Hammersmith & Fulham 4ths last Saturday.
After trading one win apiece last season Kilburn got the upper hand in a frantic game at Hurlingham Park.
Kilburn starting the better, got their reward for early pressure. James Strother noticing no one in behind, called for a chip over the top and Hughie Molloy obliged. Max Hudson stormed through to gathered the ball and barge his way over in the corner for the games first try. Molloy added the conversion from out wide.
A scrappy period fold with some misplaced kicks from both sides.
Kilburn could have went further in front but for some poor finishing out wide. They were left to rue these missed opportunities as Hammersmith & Fulham woke up.
First they mauled over from a well worked lineout and minutes later an excellent snip from the base of a ruck saw their scrum half stroll in under the posts.
Kilburn almost hit back before half time with a kick through failing to bounce for Niall Coghlan. The home side leading 12-7 at half time.
Teddy Peck came off the bench with half an hour to go and had an immediate impact. The scrum half raised the tempo and quickly found his way over the line to put Kilburn back in front. And a opportunistic chip over the top by Peck, followed by some quick hands lead to Niall Coghlan scoring in the corner. The conversion came back off the up right to leave Kilburn 19-12 up.
Coghlan nearly had his second after a rampaging run down the wing only for it to be ruled out for a foot in touch as he dived over.
Hammersmith & Fulham regrouped and after a succession of phases struck down the blind side for their third try of the game, leaving the game poised at 17-19 going into the final quarter.
On the hour mark Captain Matt Hamill, fresh after giving away his fourth penalty in the ruck and getting a team warning, decided now was a good time to leave the field and limped off injured.
With just under 10 minutes to go Hal Norwood received his marching orders for hands in the ruck. Hammersmith & Fulham scored from the resulting line out penalty. A missed conversion kept Kilburn in touch at 22-19 down.
Trailing away from home, with a man down and into the wind things seemed dire for Kilburn. They dug out a penalty with 5 minutes to go and Molloy converted to level the match. From the restart Kilburn, through the pack, worked their way passed halfway. As the tension rose Molloy slotted a long range drop goal to put Kilburn back in the lead.
There was still time for more drama as some pressure off the restart forced a penalty out wide. The difficult kick for a draw was turned down as Hammersmith & Fulham opted for the corner.
However Kilburn held firm to force the turn over and seal their first win of the season.
Kilburn Cosmos currently lie 5th in the table. They picked up the only away win in the first round of games.