Black Horse traveled to Finsbury Park on Saturday knowing their two season record of not losing twice to a team in a season was under severe threat. Finsbury Park are top of the league, undefeated and average 50 points scored per game. The preparation for the game was also hampered by traffic getting to the ground, with half the team enjoying only a 5 minute warm up. With that in mind it wasn't that surprising that Finsbury Park started the better and were on the scoresheet within two minutes. This jolted the Horse in to action and they spent the next 10 minutes in the Finsbury Park half, scoring 10 points in the process. First a penalty, cooly taken by Gregor Noblett and then a try, scored from 5m by Adrian Lee.
Finsbury Park were stunned and the Horse nearly got a second try moments later. Some good work in the scrum saw the ball work its way through the backs and then in to the arms of Adrian Lee, who just had the ball knocked out of his hands as he was going to score a try. The Horse kept the pressure on but couldn't score a second and ultimately paid the price when Finsbury Park got their second try before half time. A close half ended 14-10 to Finsbury Park, with all to play for in the second half.
That try at the end of the first half boosted Finsbury Park for the second and they got two quick tries after the restart. The Horse were tired and Finsbury Park put the pressure on, spending most of the second half camped in the Horse half. They picked up 3 more tries in the process and the game was effectively over. The Horse did pull one back at the end, Rob Scrimshaw took a quick penalty and ran the full length of the pitch to score his first of the game. There was still time for Finsbury Park to score again and the game ended 54-17.
A disappointing result for the Black Horse, who struggled with the wide pitch and Finsbury Park's good hands. The Horse will look to bounce back next week, away at Belsize Park
MOM - Charlie Gray - For traveling all the way from Lincoln to make his debut for the Horse
WOM - Gregor Noblett - For telling us Charlie Gray was a 13 when he'd never really played there before!