Harps storm back to top spot with six-try victory

Harpenden 34 Harrow 0

London 2NW

9 Dec 2017

Harpenden leapfrogged back to the top of London Two North West with an impressive six-try win against strugglers Harrow. With league leaders HAC losing at home in a tight game to second-placed Hampstead, Harps' try bonus point ensured that they swept past both rivals to take over the league leadership by one point. Although they were missing six first team regulars, Harps were rarely in danger of conceding a point and the only real issue ever at stake was the winning margin.

Skipper Oli Lacey said: "I'm very happy, this was a good win against a team who belied their league position by making us work hard all the way. I'm really pleased by the way those who came in today stepped up so well, particularly as some were not playing in their normal positions. And while I think we left a few points out on the pitch, I'm delighted that we did not concede a point."

Stand-off Ollie Mann opened the scoring on just three minutes with a try in the left-hand corner following a scorching 40 yard break and five minutes later full back Jim Hamilton touched down in exactly the same spot. With Harps' pack dominant in the loose and the tight and the backs looking threatening every time they got the ball, it was only a matter of time before they scored again. Outside centre Adam Wilkinson touched down for their third try on 23 minutes and two minutes later inside centre Conor McLean scored the try of the game to touch down under the posts.

Although Harrow came out strongly in the second half, Harps' defence held firm. Wing Tom Sweeney added a fifth try on 55 minutes and Wilkinson grabbed a second for himself on 72 minutes. Sweeney kicked two conversions. Harps make the short trip to Hemel Hempstead on Saturday for their final game of the year when they will look to complete their first double of the season.

Harpenden: Hamilton, Sweeney, Wilkinson, McLean, Gulliford; Mann, Moyle; McLoughlin, Sims, Dimen, Rolfe, Lacey, Sanders, Randall, Gue. Replacements: Kent, Pennell, Owen.