London League 1: LETCHWORTH GC 5 - OLD HABERDASHERS 31
Letchworth restore pride with some inspirational performances
By Brian Burke
After the fearful drubbing at Brentwood last week this game was always going to be about the restoration of pride and for the most part it succeeded in doing just that. Although Haberdashers went away with a bonus point win they certainly realised that they had been in a competitive game especially in the second half when there was only one try scored. Indeed Legends were unlucky not to get several tries towards the end when they pounded the old boys line but came away without any score.
Letchworth certainly achieved parity upfront with inspirational performances by the likes of skipper Richard Stokes , Kyle HUGHES , Oscar Robinson, Joe Alison and veteran Wonky Dave Rae. Good lineout ball was also taken by Trevor Garvey and Lewis Jones put himself about in the loose. It was only out wide that the weaknesses appeared and the Habs tries all came from strong running by their back division. Their kicker was no slouch either, converting most of the kicks from the touch line.
The first two tries came from breaks in the centre before Letchworth spent ten minutes camped in the Old Boys 22. Habs defended well but eventually the ball was worked blind and new winger Sam Woodward dived over. Denny was just wide with the kick. Unfortunately this good spell was undone by two loose tries before half-time which meant the teams went in 26 - 5 to the visitors.
Although Habs scored again shortly after half-time that was to be the final points of the game. As the match progressed Letchworth gained more in territory . Substitutes Turner and new boy Flack had impressive performances as they strove to get over the whitewash for Letchworth but to no avail. Unfortunately the game overheated right at the end resulting in cards for Dan Bendon and a Habs player. Overall, although the match was hard and competitive, it was played in a good spirit by both sides.
Legends now have two weeks to recover and get players back before a testing game at home to Colchester on February the 17th. There will be a league lunch before this with the special captains and past players table so all diners are invited to contact Brian Burke on (07768) 274037 to book their places.
The Wanderers has an impressive 28/ 12 win over local rivals Biggleswade.