For their second League fixture of the season St. Albans hosted newly promoted Mill Hill RFC.
Within six minutes the visitors found themselves trailing 14 – 0, as Saints started at a cracking pace. Try’s from Liam Rogers and Foster Kavanagh set the tone for the afternoon, both scores converted well by George Elliott.
Even when attacking, Mill Hill found that the St. Albans back line were a potent force. George Elliott made a deft interception and raced two thirds of the pitch for a touchdown that he then converted, 21 – 0 after 9 minutes.
Despite the deficit the visitors strove to make headway and were unlucky on a couple of occasions where promising moves broke down, only then to find Saints countering the threat.
St Albans maintained their momentum moving the ball quickly and looking for weakness in the visitors’ defence. On thirty minutes Charles Woollard used his significant physical presence to drive over Mill Hill’s line for an unconverted try. Ten minutes later, on the stroke of half time, he repeated the play and this time George Elliott added the conversion.
After the break, and with the wind now at their backs, Mill Hill worked hard to get themselves back in the game. Trying to utilise their formidable pack they looked to press Saints, but the home side were able to match and outplay them in the tight game, as well as constantly disrupting their line-out.
St. Albans contained the physical challenge and as the hour approached Syd Noad made an explosive break from a scrum, close to the visitors’ line, to charge over for an unconverted try.
The home side continued to create chances, but poor finishing allowed several opportunities to go begging. However, when George Saunders received the ball in midfield, he showed what a skilful player he is, with a silky run and touchdown for an unconverted try.
With Mill Hill now tiring St. Albans cut loose with some powerful running from their three-quarter line. Joe Seymour added an excellent try converted by Elliott.
With minutes remaining, the evergreen, and highly competitive, Joe Shaw crashed over for a well deserved try that Elliott again converted.
The final score of the afternoon went to George Elliott when almost from the restart, he showed pace and skill to break Mill Hill’s defence and run in a try that he then converted himself.
It was a comprehensive win as St. Albans showed how dangerous an attacking side they can be, backed up with solid defensive play. They will want to reflect however on the number of missed chances and careless handling that could have proved costly.
Next week they travel to Thamesians RFC for a tough encounter with a team that beat them twice last season!
Final Score: St. Albans 64 vs Mill Hill RFC 0