Spencer gives Police the slip three times
PUBLISHED: 15:39 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 08:56 21 July 2010
North-East London Police 10, Hackney 37 HACKNEY broke their friendly fixture duck last Saturday, when they travelled to the Met Police ground, Chigwell and triumphed over the recently formed North East London Police team. The Police side, looking to estab
North-East London Police 10,
HACKNEY broke their friendly fixture duck last Saturday, when they travelled to the Met Police ground, Chigwell and triumphed over the recently formed North East London Police team.
The Police side, looking to establish themselves in rugby circles in the outer London area, were a good test for a Griffins team that had a number of their key players missing and as a result, several players played out of position.
Matt Spencer played for the first time at fly-half and it was a good move as his extra pace was too much for a much slower defence as he opened the scoring.
The try of the game followed shortly afterwards when Ben Chamberlain began a run from deep inside his own half, chipped ahead and twice collected his own kicks ahead before bursting over to score.
Spencer added a second individual try and a third from the visitors when he used his pace to devastating effect and Hackney seemed to have matters completely under control.
More chances of further scores for the visitors went begging as some handling errors began to develop and Hackney didn't always protect the ball well enough.
Playing up hill in the second-half the Griffins knew they would face more pressure from the Police side than in the opening 40 minutes.
But Hackney's pack rose to the task and from a forward set piece John Tully was able to go in for his first try of the season.
The home side rallied and scored two unconverted tries to narrow the margin, but the Griffins weren't finished and Spencer scored a hat-trick try, again down to pure pace and Tully went in for a second score of the game to end the match as a contest and put the Spring Hill team in good fettle for resuming their league campaign at Tottonians this Saturday in Herts-Middlesex 3 - a division they still lead.
HACKNEY: Beno, Mullett, Williams, Young, Cartwright, Kelly, Davies, Wilson, Cunningham, Spencer, Spinks, Byers, Aylward, Jones, Chamberlain.