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1st XV - Match centre

Harlow
Black Horse Rugby Club
Tries
I Aitken (3), T Cliffe, A Lee (2), J Jenkins, R Schrimshaw
Conversions
I Aitken (6)
Sat 12 Dec 14:00 - Friendly Full time Attendance 29

"Friendly" Victory Against Local Rivals

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Horse continue good form against Harlow

With a week off from league action the Horse lined up a "Friendly" against local rivals Harlow. The first ten minutes were largely equal, with the game played in the middle of the park. The Horse got the first break when a low pass to Isaac Aitken bounced off his knee and then foot but conveniently took him clear of the Harlow defence. He converted his own try to put the Horse 7-0 up. The Horse then made the game slightly more difficult for themselves when "Strong" Tony Cliffe was given a yellow card for a second dangerous tackle. Harlow couldn't capatalise and the Horse scored again soon after "Strong" Tony returned. A penalty from 5 yards was handed to "Strong" Tony Cliffe, the Harlow defence parted and he strolled through for his first try for the club.

The Horse sensed Harlow were on the ropes and duly took advantage. Some strong running from Rob Scrimshaw and a great pass to Isaac Aitken saw him score his second try of the game. At 21-0, Black Horse captain Adrian Lee decided to mix things up a bit. He received a pass (which was behind him apparently) about 22m from the Harlow try line and decided to run it in himself. With an average try scoring distance traveled of around 5m no one could believe he could make the line. A pathetic attempt at a tackle from the number 10 and a very, very small side step saw the line closer and he duly scored just before he ran out of breath. Isaac Aitken converted to leave the score 28-0 at half time.

With such a commanding lead the Horse seemed to relax after half time and Harlow punished them. A 5m line out for Harlow eventually resulted in a converted try to put Harlow on the scoreboard for the first time. "Strong" Tony Cliffe was then penalised for a high tackle and the referee produced a second yellow card. This gave Harlow further impetus and they scored two more tries to close the score line to 28-19.

However the Horse came back and normal service was resumed from Adrian Lee. A penalty from around 5m was collected by the skipper and he scored his second try of the day. The momentum was back with the Horse and when Isaac Aitken broke away it looked like he was on for his hat trick. However he unselfishly passed the ball to club chairman Jim Jenkins, playing his first game in a number of years, to score the Horse's sixth try of the day. There was still time on the clock for the Horse to score two more tries. Another break away saw Rob Scrimshaw get on the score board and then Isaac Aitken did get his hat trick with the last play of the game. Final score 54-24 to the Horse.

MOM - Isaac Aitken, three tries and an all round great performance
WOM - Michael Fignon, bounced off in the tackle by the smallest man on the pitch

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Isaac Aitken

Player of the Match

Isaac Aitken

Key moments

1:00 +4:00
Try Isaac Aitken scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +4:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +19:00
Try Tony Cliffe scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +19:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +29:00
Try Isaac Aitken scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +29:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +34:00
Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
1:00 +34:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse Rugby Club
2:00 +58:00
Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
2:00 +58:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse Rugby Club
2:00 +68:00
Try Jim Jenkins scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
2:00 +73:00
Try Rob Schrimshaw scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
2:00 +73:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse Rugby Club
2:00 +76:00
Try Isaac Aitken scores for Black Horse Rugby Club
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As it happened

  • Harlow
  • Black Horse Rugby Club
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  • Isaac Aitken Try 1:00 +4:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 1:00 +4:00'
  • Tony Cliffe Yellow Card 1:00 +6:00'
  • Tony Cliffe Try 1:00 +19:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 1:00 +19:00'
  • Adam Thurley Sub Off 1:00 +24:00'
  • Jim Jenkins Sub On 1:00 +24:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Try 1:00 +29:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 1:00 +29:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 1:00 +34:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 1:00 +34:00'
  • Matt Rogers Sub Off 2:00 +39:00'
  • Neil Walpole Sub On 2:00 +39:00'
  • Tony Cliffe Yellow Card 2:00 +43:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 2:00 +58:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 2:00 +58:00'
  • Jim Jenkins Try 2:00 +68:00'
  • Rob Schrimshaw Try 2:00 +73:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 2:00 +73:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Try 2:00 +76:00'

Team selection

Thurley, Adam Thurley, Adam
Thurley, John Thurley, John
Aitken, Isaac Aitken, Isaac
Brown, Ben Brown, Ben
Fignon, Michael Fignon, Michael
Lee, Adrian Lee, Adrian
Schrimshaw, Rob Schrimshaw, Rob
Rogers, Matt Rogers, Matt
Arberry, Chris Arberry, Chris
Ellmore, Chris Ellmore, Chris
Cliffe, Tony Cliffe, Tony
Grover, Tom Grover, Tom
McDonald, Neil McDonald, Neil
Powell, Chris Powell, Chris
James, Paul James, Paul
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