Harpenden went down to their fifth defeat of the season at Chingford – and for the first time this season they failed to score a point. The loss, which followed a sensational victory against league leaders North Walsham the previous weekend, resulted in them dropping one place in London One North to seventh.
On a narrow pitch, which became progressively muddier as the game went on, both defences were predominant in the first half, with neither side looking as if they would cross the whitewash. Harps had a reasonable amount of possession, their scrum in particular more than holding their own, but they failed to hold on to possession and could not fashion any clear-cut chances. About half-way through the second half they were made to pay when trying to close down an attack by Chingford on the left. Their backs got sucked in allowing the Chingford backs to break through and eventually outnumber the defenders to score an unconverted try.
Harps continued to fight but, as before, could not penetrate the Chingford defence. The game was wrapped up when, following pressure in front of the posts, Chingford’s heavy forwards forced their way over for a try and easy conversion.
Harps captain Ollie Lacey said “We’re disappointed with the performance. It was a tough place to go away to and they played well. We have some things to improve, so we will work hard back at training for the next two weeks before our next game against Old Haberdashers.”
Harpenden: Brown, Wilkinson, Sweeney, Deane, Sach; Hales, Haddock; McLoughlin, Murphy, Beaton, Tominey, Lacey, Preston, Speirs, Wheatley. Replacements: James, Longden, Sims.