Kilburn Cosmos run riot over Hitchin to all but secure safety
PUBLISHED: 16:15 16 March 2017
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Kilburn Cosmos all but secured their place in London North West Three next season with a 64-24 demolition of Hitchin.
It was always an unlikely scenario that would see them go down but they knew victory in Hertfordshire, against the side one point and one place ahead of them, would mean they could turn their attentions up the division instead of down.
Coming off the back of a good come-from-behind win at St Alban last week, Cosmos looked a rejuvenated team from the start.
On a firm and fast running pitch and with the sun out, Kilburn were determined to release a dangerous back line.
And the pack kindly obliged with the back row of Aly Bursey, Neville Marshall and Caleb Wolfreys in fine form.
It was, however, the defensive pressure of Phil Cook and Andy Hutt in the centres that led to the opening try.
Hutt pounced on a spilled Hitchin ball and had the pace to round the remaining defence to open the scoring, converted by brother Fraser.
The Kilburn forwards continued to impose themselves on Hitchin as another spilled ball allowed Dan Oliver to win a foot race over 60 metres, which was again converted.
Hitchin showed some resilience, clawing back seven points, but the Hutt brothers combined, Fraser finding Andy, to push the lead out again.
Hitchin again refused to lie down though and another seven points narrowed the gap to five but even at this stage Kilburn felt in control.
Fraser Hutt used the boot to put Kilburn into Hitchin territory and good quick ball from a line-out saw Oliver and Fraser Hutt combine to put Cook in under the posts for the bonus point try.
Hutt added the extras to take the half-time score to 26-14.
An emphasis placed on tightening the defence up around the rucks was the only changed required in the second half for the Cosmos and they heeded the advice, running in a further six tries.
Hutt completed his hat-trick, veteran winger Pete Donaldson scored twice, replacement Martin Catterall, after making an impact around the pitch, scored one himself and Cook added a second to his tally.
The final try came in the closing minutes and was scored by another replacement, Hughie Molloy, who although brought as cover for the back three, ended up playing 30 minutes in the back row.
Fraser Hutt had a reasonable day at the office with the boot, landing seven conversions but the one disappointment will be allowing Hitchin in for another two tries and a bonus point.
Next up for the Cosmos is a home game against Cheshunt on March 25.