London Skolars 10 Hunslet Hawks 36

26th August 2014

London Skolars 10 Hunslet Hawks 36


Skolars lost their last home game of the season against a strong Hunslet Hawks side who moved to second in the table after the win


Richard Moore signed for the Hawks just ahead of the transfer deadline and played a full 80 minutes often causing problems for the Skolars’ defence. Another of Hunslet’s late signings James Duckworth almost scored early on against the side he’d played for a fortnight ago. But we was bundled into touch and Skolars’ then counterattacked with Martyn Smith being held up over the line. It was one way traffic for the rest of the half.


After Tely Pelo had been penalised for a high tackle, Danny Maun found a gap in the defence on the left to race fifty metres to the tryline. An error by John Paxton taking a high ball saw the Hawks start a set close to the tryline and Luke Stenchion pushed past the defence with ease. They scored again from the next set with Anton Wilson setting up Thomas Coyle’s run for the line.


The fifth try of the half came as Moore exposed the Skolars’ right hand defence before offloading to Jimmy Watson. The visitors kept the pressure up after the restart, Duckworth being held over the line and then they showed strong chasing to push Mike Bishay back over his tryline for a goal-line drop-out.


When Gavin Duffy went in at the left corner, with David March kicking his sixth conversion, things looked grim for the homeside in their last game at Enfield Town FC’s ground before their return to New River next season. But they worked hard to exert some pressure and, although a Mike Bishay kick for Will Lovell was slightly too strong it, the resulting drop-out finally gave them a good position to attack from. Mufaro Mvududu battled his way over the line for his tenth try of the season. Iliess Macani made an impressive weaving sprint from deep in his own half, before Mvududu added a second try late on in the game.



1 John Paxton

16 Iliess Macani

3 Anthony Cox

33 Mufaro Mvududu

34 Dennis Tuffour

6 Mike Biahay

7 Danny Yates

20 Tely Pelo

9 Martyn Smith

20 Erjon Dollapi

31 Lamont Bryan

12 Will Lovell

13 Olly Purslow


Subs (all used)

21 Michael Sykes

13 Louis Robinson

10 Sam Wellings

16 Sam Druce


Tries: Mvududu (57,76)

Goals: Bishay 1/2



2 Jimmy Watson

37 James Duckworth

3 Lee Brickwood

4 Danny Maun

36 Gavin Duffy

6 Thomas Coyle

7 James Coyle

38 Richard Moore

9 David March

8 Michael Haley

31 Luke Briscoe

11 John Oakes

26 Liam Mackay


Subs (all used)

20 Danny Ansell

15 Luke Stenchion

39 Ross Peltier

26 Aston Wilson

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