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PUBLISHED: 13:22 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 August 2010

KILBURN COSMOS V OLD STREET
OLD TEAM AND ACTION.

KILBURN COSMOS V OLD STREET OLD TEAM AND ACTION.

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A BRACE of tries by scrum-half Chris Protherough proved just enough as Kilburn held on to beat high-flying Old Streetonians 30-27 and ensure their Herts/Middx Division One status next season. Protherough s scores, allied to one each from Peter Donaldson a

A BRACE of tries by scrum-half Chris Protherough proved just enough as Kilburn held on to beat high-flying Old Streetonians 30-27 and ensure their Herts/Middx Division One status next season.

Protherough's scores, allied to one each from Peter Donaldson and Gavin Smales, gave Cosmos a 25-point lead at half-time and, despite a fightback from promotion hopefuls Old Street, the home side clung on.

It was a fourth win in seven games for the Cosmos, who can only wonder what might have been after a series of narrow defeats earlier in the season stranded them near the foot of the table.

Kicking with the wind in the first half, the boot of Andy Allan put Street under pressure, but lacklustre chasing frequently meant the fly-half's work went to waste.

Prop Ehisieme Alonge and lock Tom O'Conner kept Old Street at bay and a dart down the blind side from Protherough, coupled with a lucky bounce, set up Smales to run between two defenders and score.

Protherough's aggressive play around the fringes earned him two tries, one of which Allan converted, but Old Street pulled a try back after a defensive mix-up.

Centre Peter Donaldson regained the initiative for Kilburn with a try of his own and Allan's conversion, followed by two penalties, meant the home side turned around with a 30-5 advantage.

But that was quickly eaten away as Old Street made use of the wind at their backs and scored a second try, raining pressure on the Cosmos' defence.

As Kilburn battled to hang on in worsening conditions, Aly Bursey and Paul Ledington brought down opponents time and time again, forcing Old Street wide for their third try.

Fading fitness in the Cosmos' ranks allowed Old Street to go over twice more in the closing minutes but, with only one try converted, they could only narrow the gap to three points by the final whistle.

Kilburn, who cannot finish higher or lower than eighth in the table, complete their campaign away to Harlequins Amateurs this weekend.

Kilburn Cosmos: Zaug (Morgan), Magee, Alonge, Ledington, O'Connor, Bursey, Aitken, Shrubsole, Protherough, Allan, Gordon (Coane), Cunninghame, Donaldson (Whyte), Smales, Riley.


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