Gutsy Kilburn Cosmos blow Cheshunt away at gusty Gladstone Park
PUBLISHED: 10:03 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 27 March 2017
A two-try blast from Martin Catterall helped Kilburn Cosmos blow Cheshunt away at a windswept Gladstone Park.
The glorious sunshine belied the strong wind blowing straight down the hill and made for an archetypal game of two halves.
Cheshunt had the advantage in the first half and moved to a 17-0 lead before Phil Cook scored a vital try minutes before the break.
And slowly and surely Kilburn racked up the points. Catterall powered over before the forwards combined to score from a driving maul to give Kilburn the lead.
A melee after an off-the-ball incident with three minutes remaining allowed Fraser Hutt to kick a penalty before Catterall got his second, and the bonus point, in the last play.
Kilburn coach Andy Driver acknowledged the conditions had played their part but praised his team for their performance.
He said: “We said before the game it could account for two scores and I think a major part of why we won was that we adapted best and used the conditions better than they did.
“I think [scoring just before half-time] put some doubt in their mind. It showed that we can score when the conditions are against us. And then to keep them out for the whole of the second half, it’s a big mental win for us.”
It was the Cosmos third win on the bounce and has lifted them to fifth in the London North West Three table.
And after winning the Herts Middlesex One title last season, Driver is delighted at the way the season is ending.
“It’s a big step up for a few of the guys,” he said. “This is the highest the club has been and it has taken time for some to adapt. But the guys have grown into it and we have definitely shown we can compete at this level, if not higher.
“It’s going to take a little while but we’ve got some ambitious guys here and we’ve got some really good players and we always seem to attract very good players from the local area. I feel we can build and maybe push on higher in a few years time.”
Kilburn finish their season with a trip to Staines on Saturday before hosting newly-crowned champions Hackney on April 8.