Hemel 1st team traveled away to Hampstead and to a side which has proven to be difficult to beat away from home in the past.
Kick off was moved forwards from the expected 2.30pm to 2pm due to changing room issues which upset preparations for the game and made what is a difficult fixture a little bit more so.
Once the game was underway Hampstead started the brighter and applied a lot of early pressure which on the face of it looked like the Hemel outfit were in for a tough afternoon. However once Hemel had weathered the early storm it was they who were to strike first making there way into the Hampstead half and asserting their own period of pressure on the home team which saw Brent McDougal cross the whitewash to take the visitors into the lead.
Hampstead were quick to respond and once again drove into the visitors 22 and despite some brave defense leveled the scores. This was to be the pattern of what was a really well contested match which ebbed and flowed from one team to another. The biggest difference was Hemel's resilience and defensive strength with big hits coming form all over the field which took the physically bigger Hampstead side a little by surprise. The match was both entertaining and enthralling to watch with Hemel eventually turning the screw in the last 10 minutes to by converting a penalty and then scoring a converted try adding a bonus point to their league table tally.
The victory takes the Northridge group sponsored side up to 4th in the league and sets up a tough fixture which Hemel will host against league leaders, Belsize park very nicely. That match is being played on the 16th February at Chaulden Lane with a 3.00pm kick off .
Try scorer's Adam Wyatt x 2 and Brent Mc Dougal x 2
Updated 12:16 - 11 Feb 2019 by Paul Maddison