Hendon advanced to the final of the London and South East Junior Vase after a 22-10 win away at Essex League 1 side Canvey Island.

The hosts are riding high in their division and were previously unbeaten at home this season, but tries from Ronan Jones, Chris Kiyingi, and debutant Mantas Urbonavicius recorded a historic win for Hendon.

Canvey showed just why they are doing so well in the league early on and they took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes after a scrum infringement handed them a penalty.

Hendon got themselves in front midway through the first half when a lineout was secured by Rossa Dooley and he played it along the line towards Jones, who shook off two defenders before going over. Cian Hynes added the conversion to make it 7-3.

Shortly before half-time, Hendon extended their lead when Toby Ikwueke played in Kiyingi and he broke through the Canvey defence to add his side’s second, which again was converted by Hynes.

Hendon went further in front in the second half when Will Theaker was allowed to run at the Canvey defence, who duly conceded a penalty, and Hynes’ kick added a further three to their score.

Canvey soon got themselves back into it with a converted try that pulled the score back to 17-10, but Hendon made the game safe late on when debutant Urbonavicius crashed through on the wing for a five-point score.

The win sets up a meeting with Cranbrook in the final of the competition, while Hendon’s next game sees them contest a local derby against Mill Hill this Friday, kicking off at 7.30pm.