Hendon went down to their first defeat in three Herts/Middlesex League Two matches as they lost 34-15 against leaders Feltham on Saturday.
The title challengers put Hendon under pressure from the opening kick and crossed in the 20th minute for an unconverted try.
Hendon’s Mark Ivers was dominant for the forwards and the visitors spent the majority of the half in the Feltham 22.
However, shortly before the interval, a defensive error allowed an overlap for Feltham and the home side were able to run in an easy try and establish a 15-0 lead at the interval.
Hendon started the second period brightly and were in control from the restart. Mike Evans-Jones converted a penalty to reduce the deficit but another tackling error proved costly as Feltham broke through to score another converted try.
The visitors fought back and excellent work from back-row Harry Charles and Brian O’Regan saw Hendon camped on the Feltham five-metre line.
After repeated scrummaging penalties against Feltham, the referee awarded a penalty try which Evans-Jones slotted over.
From the restart, Hendon’s Paul Geraghty pushed forward and off-loaded to flanker Harry Charles. He kicked forward and collected, passed on to captain Gerry O’Donoghue and he went over to bring the score to 22-15.
But with the match on a knife edge, Feltham’s backline then got their rewards with two easy tries to deny the visitors a deserved bonus point.
Elsewhere, Barnet Elizabethans saw a match postponed for the third time in January as their Hertfordshire/Middlesex League One clash at Acton fell victim to the weather.
Weather and pitch conditions permitting, Elizabethans will host Haringey Rhinos on Saturday.