Second-half fightback seals Hackney victory against UCS

Hackney's Ed Clark (in green and yellow) in action against UCS Old Boys. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hackney's Ed Clark (in green and yellow) in action against UCS Old Boys. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Hackney RFC are enjoying life in London North-West Division Three as a rousing second half against UCS Old Boys brought them back to winning ways at a sunny Spring Hill.

Tries from Matt Strong, Richard Yong and Ed Clark spurred the newly-promoted outfit on to a hard-fought 20-11 victory and consigned UCS to their fourth consecutive defeat.

Clark had muscled Hackney into a 10-point lead through kicking a penalty and converting his own try but UCS, who started the game two points above Hackney in mid-table, responded emphatically with a try and two penalties to take a slender lead into the break.

The momentum swung back in Hackney’s favour shortly after the restart, however, as good work by the forwards against the tiring UCS pack enabled Yong to restore the home side’s advantage by going over in the corner.

Leading by four, Hackney were in need of a greater cushion, and Strong escaped two flailing sets of arms to race clear and put the game beyond doubt.

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Scrum-half Charlie O’Halloran showed no signs of rustiness upon his return from injury, and with promising displays by Alex Readford, Ben Chamberlain and debutant Rob Stanley, Hackney have every reason to believe they are a force to be reckoned with again this season, ahead of their trip to Grasshoppers on November 15.

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