London Skolars 8 Hemel Stags 26

3rd April 2013

Skolars unbeaten record came to a crashing halt as they fell to a determined Hemel Stags side on Good Friday.

Proceeding started in the customary manner at New River this season, with Smokie Junor missing out on an early try for the third time; on this occasion James Anthony’s pass to him was just forward.

Skolars’ lost Oscar Thomas soon afterwards with a broken foot. The Stags used the wind well with good chase from Chad Sharp’s kick forcing a goal line drop out. After Aiden Pritchard was held up over the line, Joel Miranda darted over to open the scoring with Mike Bishay converting. Rob Thomas was held up at the over the end of the field, but Hemel were quick to counterattack with Mike Forgham slipping past four tacklers to bring his side into an attacking position. An Aaron Small drive to the line was followed by Harry Mostyn taking the ball from dummy half and diving to the corner, catching the Skolars’ defence napping.

Mike Worrincy was the third player to be held up, but when David Stephenson raced through the defence just before the break for Olly Purslow to score, it looked like Skolars were back in the game and would have expected to dominate the second half. They didn’t, despite a domination in penalty and scrum count that meant they had the majority of possession.

Pritchard went close before a penalty was awarded. Hemel chose to kick it, Bishay scoring a further two points and then received a massive bonus when Dylan Skee’s restart went out on the full. They kicked deep and the next set saw Bishay swerving past the defence on the right hand side to score.

The dual registration youngster was instrumental in the next Hemel move setting up a try for Mason Caton-Brown and kicking his third goal of the day. The travelling support went wild, sensing that a surprise defeat of their local rivals was now on the cards.

Skolars rallied a little with Jack Dillon forcing his way through on the left flank. Skee missed the conversion, but with 12 minutes left there was still a chance for the home side.

Those hopes vanished four minutes later when former Skolar Aaron Small stole the ball from James Anthony, releasing Harry Mostyn to score his second try of the day and seal a memorable day for the Hertfordshire side.

Skolars’ coach Joe Mbu felt that “we were out enthused and they had energy that we didn’t have an answer for. We didn’t execute our game plan well. The conditions shouldn’t be an issue, we were trying to force plays and didn’t go back to basics when they didn’t work.”

For a series of runs from deep, Joe Price won the Man of the Match award sponsored by The Mall, Wood Green.

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 James Anthony

4 John Paxton

18 Chris McNamara

3 Joe Price

2 Smokie Junor

26 Oscar Thomas

7 Dylan Skee

16 Louis Robinson

9 Martyn Smith

10 David Williams

11 David Stephenson

12 Mike Worrincy

23 Jack Dillon

 

Subs (all used)

8 Rob Thomas

13 Olly Purslow

19 James Roche

17 Danny Burke

 

Tries: Stephenson (40), Dillon (68)

Goals: Skee 0/2

 

HEMEL

1 Mike Forgham

31 Tobias Rochester-Bremmer

29 Mason Caton-Brown

3 Aaron Small

5 Harry Mostyn

36 Chad Sharp

35 Mike Bishay

8 James Howitt

9 Joel Miranda

12 Aiden Pritchard

24 Jake Hobbs

29 Alex Ingerfield

13 Jack Molloy

 

Subs (all used)

10 Ian Keevil

15 Dan Ljazouili

18 Mike McLeod

20 Ben Kavanagh

 

Tries: Miranda (28), Mostyn (34), Bishay (52), Caton Brown (55), Mostyn (72)

Goals: Bishay 3/5

 

Penalty count: 11-7

 

Half-time: 4-6

Referee: Clint Sharrad

Attendance: 419

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-10, 4-10, 4-12, 4-18, 4-22, 8-22, 8-26


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