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Neville Marshall on song as Kilburn Cosmos edge closer to realising title dream

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 April 2016

Neville Marshall (with the ball) was in impressive form for Kilburn Cosmos on Saturday (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

Neville Marshall (with the ball) was in impressive form for Kilburn Cosmos on Saturday (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

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Kilburn Cosmos player/coach Andy Hutt heaped praise on flanker Neville Marshall as the title-chasing side secured a hard-earned victory on the road at Verulamians.

Cosmos now need just one more victory to achieve their highest-ever status before they enter the London Three North West Division next term.

Hutt told the Times: “We knew that these guys would be stern opposition, and that most definitely proved to be the case.

“The guys will be sore for the rest of the week after a bruising defensive display.

“We knew Verulamians had a large dangerous forward unit, and defensively we stood up to the task admirably and got the job done in the end.

“It was a great game to be involved in and we just can’t wait for next Saturday now.”

He continued: “The back row did a fantastic job, in particular Neville Marshall, who backed up his commanding display against London Welsh a fortnight ago by having another great game.

“This has been a long time coming, but I truly believe these crop of lads deserve this title and I’m confident we’ll do just that when we take on UCS Old Boys.”

In front of a packed out crowd at St Albans the game started slowly before Kilburn eventually got themselves into the lead.

A Verulamians infringement gave Fraser Hutt – No 9 on the day – the opportunity to record their first three points of the afternoon and he made no mistake with the penalty.

Aly Bursey, vice captain on the day, then cut a great line and popped the ball off to fellow loose forward Charlie Migliore who scored for Kilburn, with the extra points from the conversion putting them 10-0 ahead.

The hosts refused to give up, scoring a penalty of their own before the break as the lead was reduced to seven points.

But there was no way back for Verulamians after the interval, with tries from Mo Taguri and Amal Hirani, as well as the additional bonus points, securing victory and putting Hutt’s men within touching distance of the title.

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