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Barnet Elizabethans suffer opening-day defeat against Twickenham
3:00pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Sport
Barnet Elizabethans’ London Three North West League campaign got off to a disappointing start as they suffered a heavy 28-3 defeat against Twickenham.
Elizabethans had gone ahead as Jonny Hart fired over a penalty but that proved to be as good as it got for the home side.
Twickenham gradually took control of the contest and, despite good tackling from centres Tom Poole and Sean Blake, the visitors went ahead with two successful penalties before scoring a well-worked try on the stroke of half-time.
Barnet’s efforts had been hampered by the loss of Lewis Telfer at scrum-half, but with numerous injuries on both sides the referee had to keep control of the new rolling substitutions law.
Despite the elements in their favour in the second half, Elizabethans could not wrestle control of the game despite their superior scrum and parity in the lineouts.
Twickenham stretched their lead with a third penalty before they scored two more tries, both converted.
Barnet continued to work hard but couldn’t get back into the contest and it was a deserved win for the visitors.
Elizabethans are at home this Saturday against Cheshunt (3pm).
Meanwhile, in Herts/Middlesex League One, Hendon were thumped 66-5 by a strong Belsize Park side.
Hendon were immediately on the back foot as Park advanced into their 22 in the opening stages.
Hendon defended their territory well but the hosts managed to breakthrough and score the first try of the game.
The visitors came straight back into the Park 22 and were awarded with five penalties, which they ran rather than kicked.
But repeated short runs to the Belsize line by Chris Towndrow, Paul Julian, Cosy Mutuma and Captain Brian O’Regan were all stopped by the resolute defence.
The Park backline were in action again as they worked a clever move, wrong-footing the Hendon defence to score a converted try.
It was a score which knocked the fight out of Hendon and Belsize ran in three tries in 15 minutes to go in at the interval 31-0 ahead.
The second half saw Park continue to dominate and they scored regularly to extend their advantage.
Hendon, who visit Hackney on Saturday, did manage to grab what proved to be no more than a consolation try as Buzz Nunez went over out wide.
However, it was a comfortable victory for Park and the dominant home backline ran in four more tries to complete the victory.
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