With the new changes at the club now firmly in place, Ruislip were looking to put together a full performance after a positive game (in patches) the week earlier. After a great attacking start Ruislip were firmly in control and after the first 10 mins and a series of attacks Ruislip were bound to crack a staunch Letchworth defence. but as normal a mistake gifted the visitors a chance and it was gladly taken, a Letchworth player scooping the ball up from a ruislip knock on and cantering 80 metres to score under the post. Ruislip could have easily fallen into there usual pattern of conceding early points, but with the new team morale and a functional lineout Ruislip were soon on the attack and after some good work at the break down by Johnny Fieldhouse the ball popped out of the ruck for Joel Burns to collect and score next to the post. With Christian Whitneys conversion bringing the scores level ruislip had there heads up and played with a new found belief. After the kick off Ruislip used the wind, hill and there lineout dominance to soldier down the field. Then after Dan O'Learys brave decision to kick for the lineout instead of taking the points on offer the forwards soon showed that things are definitely on the rise with a good drive sending Chris West over, conversion missed and Ruislip felt they should have had much more than a 12-7 lead going into the break. With the wind now firmly blowing in there faces Ruislip
knew it would be a struggle heading up the hill. Showing some great fundamental skills which have been lacking for large periods of the season Ruislip showed they can put together some phases and look rather organised doing it. With James Greens dominance in the lineout Ruislip weren't afraid to play a territorial game with the big boot of Adam West consistently carving off yards. A third try for Ruislip scored by
Johnny Feidhouse gave the vocal crowd a little sigh of relief getting out to a 17-7 lead. Within the next 5 minutes another barn storming run by lively Chris West put Ruislip on the front foot and created space for a sniping Sam Broderick to score under the posts. A four try bonus point and a handy lead surely not even Ruislip could throw away. With only 10 minutes left on the clock a determined Letchworth side went quietly about hunting down this lead. Lead well around the park by their very handy fly half they soon found themselves with all the dominance and with this pressure and Ruislip not sure how to close out a game, they were quickly setting up a cliffhanger finish. With 2 quick converted tries bringing the score to within 3 points.
Luckily Ruislip knuckled down and put in a huge effort to stop a determined Letchworth from spoiling their party. Notable performances from Jaime Woodstock and excellent defensive work by Chris Rowe helped Ruislip to a more positive position on the ladder but definitely not safe yet boys so lets lift another step. thanks to the referee who is the number 1 womens referee in the world and who controlled the game very well, not even Johnny Fieldhouse complained about her. Best of luck
to Letchworth for the remainder of their season and to the 2 boys who left the field injured best of luck with your recovery.