London League 1: LETCHWORTH GC 5 - FULLERIANS 37
Fullerians big, strong and aggressive as rain lashes down at Legends Lane
By Brian Burke
Another disappointing day for the Letchworth first 15 at Legends Lane on Saturday. Fullerians were bigger, stronger and certainly aggressive giving the smaller Letchworth 8 a torrid time. Their level of noise was at times more reminiscent of those playing the round ball game and this led to a few flash points during the afternoon. However this is not sour grapes as the visitors were well worth their bonus point victory whilst the home side must be credited for challenging and tackling to the end.
The first half was played in horrendous conditions as the rain lashed down bang on cue at three o'clock. Fullers adapted far better to the conditions and scored a soft try after only two minutes. Letchworth then were the authors of the next horror story as attempted long passes in these conditions saw the visitors cash in on a number of errors for another soft score and seven points. Their influential kicker then banged over two penalties to take it to 0/20 after only 25 minutes.
Letchworth came back into it briefly with a period of pressure and Oscar Robinson fed Chris Gibb to go over for a good try. Skipper Denny went just wide with the kick.
On the stroke of half time Fullers increased their lead after a Letchworth player had received a card after preventing a certain score in a previous move.
The second half saw better weather but not really better fortune for the home side. Fullers added two more scores but it could have been more had not the home side put their bodies on the line to halt the ever more rampant forwards. Prop Barry Mellor had to retire with a bad back and Dave Hatch stepped into the breach in true fashion. However the pack by now were going backwards as Fullers really controlled the game and the final whistle was a true solace for Legends following a truly testing afternoon.
The second team brought more encouragement with a sixty point away victory to Clapham and Epping and Mick Jones men will need the travelling support to get right behind them when they travel to high flying Amersham next weekend .