Skolars hold on for victory

14th July 2014

Skolars won for the first time at Enfield, recording a double for the season over their local rivals in a tight game that saw Hemel race into an early lead only for Skolars to score 28 unanswered points, before the visitors staged a comeback.

After struggling to get away from their own line for five tackles, Courtney Davies then tried the unexpected – a short chip 15 metres from his own line. It didn’t work and Hemel took full advantage with James Cameron going over in the corner. They crossed the line again soon after but James Hill was offside from Jermaine Coleman’s kick.  The scrum half pushed Skolars back again with a 40-20 kick and the following set saw Jy-Mel Coleman and Michael Brown held-up before Evan Simons spotted the defence napping and scooted 10 metres to the tryline.

Skolars got their first points when Anthony Cox was on hand to support a Martyn Smith break and score with his first touch of the game. Hemel re-established their 10 point lead when James Hill scored after Skolars lost the ball on the sixth tackle.

With Cox, Ryan McDonald and Louis Robinson all making an impact off the bench, Skolars started to gain more metres in attack. On the last tackle Mufaro Mvududu powered through a gap on the left to score, Davies missing a second conversion and thereafter kicking duties went to Mike Bishay. Soon afterwards Dave Williams made an initial break, John Paxton created a gap for Cox to score his second try.

Williams then went off with a knock to the head in his 100th professional game, but Skolars continued to play the way they haven’t played for several months – with confidence. Mike Bishay put in a deep grubber kick which Hemel thought would go dead. However, Davies got to the ball to score to put Skolars in the lead. On the stroke of half-time, Bishay broke to score in a performance considerably better than his last couple on the dual registration.

Skolars pushed further ahead straight after half-timer when Ryan McDonald forced the ball over the tryline, Bishay adding his third conversion. But Hemel were far from finished, their comeback starting with a try on the right flank for Romaine Navarette. Evan Simons passed the ball out to the right twice for James Hull to go over. Skolars then conceded a goal line drop out, but Bishay took advantage of the strong wind to kick the ball 90 metres.

However, when James Cameron scored his second try in the right corner with 11 minutes remaining, BJ Swindell’s conversion had narrowed the gap to just four points. Three minutes later, Skolars gained a penalty and with Bishay off the field, Davies took back the kicking duties, this time with success.

The game was still in doubt in the last minute, but Skolars’ chase onto a deep Bishay kick to force a drop out showed how determined they were to record their first home win since April.



1 John Paxton

32 Iliess Macani

21 Judd Greenhalgh

4 Mufaro Mvududu

34 James Duckworth

6 Courtney Davies

7 Danny Yates

22 Michael Sykes

9 Martyn Smith

20 Tely Pelo

12 Dion Chapman

31 Lamont Bryan

10 David Williams


Subs (all used)

8 Ryan McDonald

13 Louis Robinson

16 Mike Bishay

11 Anthony Cox


Tries: Cox (20,32), Mvududu (28), Davies (36), Bishay (40), McDonald (41)

Goals: Davies 1/3 Bishay 4/4



2 James Cameron

17 Jimmy Morgan

4 Michael Brown

3 Matt Cook

5 James Hill

6 Jermaine Coleman

13 Jy-Mel Coleman

25 James Howitt

14 Evan Simons

8 Dominic Maloney

11 BJ Swindells

15 Mike McMeeken

10 Dan Ljazouli


Subs (all used)

18 Matt Tebb

20 Ryan Chester

21 Romain Navarette

12 Cariern Clement-Pascall


Tries:  Cameron (5,69), Simons (14), Hill (25,62), Naverette (50)

Goals: Swindells 2/4


Penalty count: 7-6


Half-time:  26-14

Referee: Gareth Hewer

Attendance: 378


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-10, 4-10, 4-14, 8-14, 14-14, 20-14, 26-14, 32-14, 32-18, 32-22, 32-28, 34-28

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