Hendon thrash Feltham to reach Vase final
PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 March 2019
Middlesex Vase semi-final: Feltham 5 Hendon 65
Hendon eased into the final of the Middlesex Vase with a 65-5 success away to Feltham.
Conditions for both teams on the day were bitter and very windy which meant kicking and line-outs were tricky at best and at times impossible.
Playing against the conditions in the first period, the Greelands Lane outfit decided to move the ball at every opportunity and early pressure paid dividends with Cian Hynes slicing through the defence for an early score.
The Hendon pack worked hard to provide quick ball and excellent service from scru-half Billy Burrell allowed Bob Casey to use clever footwork to finish off an excellent team move.
In all, the visitors’ fitness, organisation and willingness to pass the ball before contact was the difference between the sides.
Further tries were scored by Luke Pollard, Donal O’Sullivan, Ben Gold and Hynes, who also kicked a penalty and three conversions, as Hendon led 34-0 at the break.
The second half saw Hendon utilise their bench and rest senior players, but the scores continued to flow.
Nick Andrews powered over after good link play between the forwards and the backs, followed by O’Sullivan adding another score from a well worked back-row move. Rob Page and Chris Kiyingi also got on the score sheet as the Greenlands Lane outfit continued to apply the pressure.
Feltham, to their credit, continued to push Hendon and were rewarded with a late try, but proceedings were finalised with the biggest cheer for evergreen centre John McCarthy who scored his first try in three years to end the match.
Hendon now face London Scottish in the final on April 27.