Search

Old Streetonians prove they can do it on a cold afternoon in Royston

PUBLISHED: 12:43 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 09 March 2017

Old Streetonians stayed top of the Herts Middlesex One table after a 29-10 win over Royston

Old Streetonians stayed top of the Herts Middlesex One table after a 29-10 win over Royston

Archant

Old Streetonians stayed top of Herts Middlesex One with a 29-10 victory over Royston and took another step towards promotion.

Old Streetonians stayed top of the Herts Middlesex One table after a 29-10 win over Royston Old Streetonians stayed top of the Herts Middlesex One table after a 29-10 win over Royston

Notorious for their tough rugby and noisy fans, Old Street knew they had a long 80 minutes ahead of them in the Hertfordshire countryside.

But despite the surroundings being anything like their London home, Old Street had a strong team out.

After a long journey, Harry Marson squared up to Royston’s captain for the coin toss. But the physics teacher clearly hadn’t factored the variables and Royston won the toss, electing to kick into the wind.

Old Street started strongly using the conditions to play all the rugby in Royston’s half.

Old Streetonians stayed top of the Herts Middlesex One table after a 29-10 win over Royston Old Streetonians stayed top of the Herts Middlesex One table after a 29-10 win over Royston

Despite the hosts having one of the biggest packs in the league, Old Street dominated up front in mauls and line-outs. and within 10 minutes, a maul which travelled 15 metres from a line-out saw Will Gilgrass score his signature try. Eoin Fitzpatrick calmly slotted the conversion.

Sustained pressure saw Fitzpatrick add a further three to the score before Royston cancelled that out with a successful kick of their own.

Much had been talked about the Royston pack in the lead up to the game and the team selection had seen Street fill their bench with forward replacements int hehope of keeping their pack fresh.

It worked well with the visitors continuing to make a mockery of Royston’s line-out and maul, and they added a second try, this time from a scrum. Cal Lynn’s clever grubber kick was gobbled up by winger Josh Parry.

Facing a strong wind in the second half, Old Street had to change tactics, halting their kicking game and keeping ball in hand.

And after a slow start they scored again, Fitzpatrick getting the glory after throwing a dummy pass.

He converted his own try to put Old Street 22-3 ahead.

After sustained pressure Royston finally scored their first try as they sucked Old Street in following a number of phases, to create an overlap out wide.

Opportunities did come as the game reached the final quarter and eventually the Onions got their fourth try and a bonus point.

A huge kick from Fitzpatrick allowed the forwards to keep hold of the ball and after some strong defence, the ball was shipped out wide for Parry to get his second which Fitzpatrick converted.

Old Streetonians face Barnet Elizabethans at home on Saturday.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 18:58

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has called for the dismissal of Inner North London’s senior coroner Mary Hassell after a “deeply disappointing” meeting with community leaders to discuss her refusal to respect Jewish burial requirements.

Yesterday, 15:27

Belgium international has been out since November with a hamstring injury

Yesterday, 18:42

Hackney Council is inviting comments on its “progressive” vision for a greener, safer, less polluted and more affordable Shoreditch in 15 years’ time.

Yesterday, 13:45

Since the play’s first outing, representations of the East End have become two-a-penny in mainstream popular culture but director Jessica Lazar doesn’t shy away from tropes that play up caricature and nostalgia

Yesterday, 13:30

‘Waking’ centres around a single moment: a faint sense of recognition between a man and a woman

Yesterday, 13:00

West Ham United entertain Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, looking for a third straight win in all competitions.

Yesterday, 13:00

On February 2-3 . the annual festival returns, showcasing the best in dance this year

Yesterday, 12:30

From February 1 to 11, the exhibition will showcase some of the world’s most interesting and revolutionary contemporary collagists, looking at redefining how the art form is expressed



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists