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Hendon fall to agonising defeat against Finsbury Park

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 November 2018

The new rugby season is now underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new rugby season is now underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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A brave effort from Hendon proved in vain as they lost 18-10 at home to Finsbury Park in Herts/Middlesex One

Hendon started up the slope and against the wind, with the visitors soon realising their advantage to take an early lead out wide with a well worked try coming from a lineout.

For the next 20 minutes, the home pack were in command with carries coming from Paul Julian, Nick Andrews and Donal O’Sullivan.

All were stopped short until Park were penalised for offside and Hendon fullback Dan Watterson slotted over the penalty.

Hendon’s defence was second to none with every scoring opportunity being stopped short until the last play of the half when the Greenlands Lane club conceded a penalty, which the visitors scored to lead 8-3.

With the match wide open at the start of the second half, Hendon’s forwards dominated, but all effort to cross the Park line was stopped by a resilient defence.

After the match was suspended for 10 minutes after a serious injury to Hendon’s Tom Mathius, the game resumed with the home pack in control.

From a set scrum 10 metres out, scrum-half Ross Williams saw the opportunity to beat two defenders to score an individual try, but the wind carried the conversion wide.

With play now in Park territory, there was confidence with Hendon to score again as Park conceded a penalty but the effort went wide,

Hendon continued to attack, only to concede an easy ball to the visitors from a handling error for their wing to run the pitch and score an easy try.

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