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Old Merchant Taylors'
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - North West 3 Full time

Match Report - OMT vs Finchley

OMTs show lack of reaction to secure win away

OMT travelled away to Finchley at Summers Lane on Saturday with a sober mood following the shocking news that two of its players were brutally attacked on the previous Saturday night out. It left the previous MoM Ciprian Chiriac and Razvan Barbu hospitalised, but the boys were both discharged and able to watch from the sidelines. OMTs were further dented in the warm up with Gov Kondola having to withdraw through injury, some believe his girlfriend didn’t want him to be late for that evenings occasion.
OMTs started the game with a similar intensity to last week but unfortunately some soft tackling around the breakdown lead to an early Finchley try. OMT looked strong in attack, particularly in the wide channels with Tesh Edwards releasing Joe Isaacs to make a dash for the corner. Joe unfortunately came up short, with some try saving tackling from the Finchley fullback, ending Joe’s afternoon with a trip to the local A&E for a gash on the back of his head. It wasn’t long before the magical arm waving of Naca Kinikinilau saw him cross the whitewash for OMTs first try.
The OMT set piece continued to function well, with returning players John Richardson and Marcus Alexander Neil bolstering up the pack. It was the latter, with the scores at 14-7 to Finchley, was awarded a yellow card for a high tackle after pulling his opposite number back by the collar in the tackle. OMTs conceded a further two tries before the half and managed to score one through Hugo Anthony as he dodged and weaved through the Finchley defence. Half time, Finchley were ahead 28-12, no panic from OMTs yet as they had managed to come back from a similar deficit the week before.
OMTs started the second half well, with the “always injured” James Gregory making his long awaited return to the wing, showed that his pace had not faltered and sliced through the Finchley defence. Slow reactions to the referee’s inconsistent decisions and OMTs lack of knowledge of the new rules saw them pushed back into their own half before another Finchley try, 35-19. The ever vocal Joe Little, required his 10minutes rest during the second half, during which time Finchley crossed twice more. OMT managed to score the try bonus point before the game was out through Captain Matt Sinderberry, as he crashed over from short range. Final score 48-24 to Finchley, demonstrating to OMTs that regular training sessions on the paddock can produce a win through a well rehearsed structure.
OMTs host Hitchin at home this weekend, a side who sit bottom of the league having taken no points from the first two encounters of the season.

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Kilburn Cosmos 22 63
7. Finchley 22 57
8. Datchworth 22 54
9. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 51
10. Cheshunt 22 43
11. St Albans 22 42
12. Hitchin 22 17

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