Just capital for Harps as Londoners are thrashed

London 2NW

7 October 2017

Harpenden 71 Enfield Ignatians 0

Harpenden continued their perfect start to the season with an 11-try thrashing of Enfield Ignatians to retain the top spot of London Two North West. Left wing Adam Wilkinson scored four tries, hooker Alex Randall and full back Luke Barber two each and right wing Max Baggio, replacement forward Ed Preston and number eight Ryan Gue one each. Stand-off Ollie Mann kicked eight conversions.

Despite having to make three enforced changes, Harps were in charge from the start. With the pack dominant in both the tight and the loose, the back line looked dangerous whenever they had the ball, thanks in no small part to the powerful and elusive running and deft offloading of centres Jimmy Speirs and Bobby Tane.

Harps scored their first three tries in a devastating seven-minute spell during the opening quarter of an hour, and although Enfield often offered a powerful physical challenge, they could find no way through the home team's watertight defence whenever they had the ball and shipped in a further three tries five minutes before half time.

The second half followed a similar pattern - a great opening spell by Harps during which they scored two quick-fire tries, a gritty response by Enfield before Harps moved back into top gear with three more tries in the closing 20 minutes. Skipper Oli Lacey said: "This was a really good performance, but although we scored 11 tries, I still feel that we left a few out on the pitch. "What I am happiest about is that we did not concede a point for the first time this season. We have been working on our defence in training and it has paid off. It was great to see our second and third teams also winning today as strength in depth is vital to the success of the club."

Harpenden do not have a game this Saturday. The next match is at Tabard on 21 October.

Harpenden: Barber, Baggio, Speirs, Tane, Wilkinson; Mann, Gulliford; McLoughlin, Sims, G Rolfe, T Rolfe, Lacey, Pennell, Attfied, Gue. Replacements: Childs, Preston, Sims