"Friendly" Victory Against Local Rivals
By Tony Bolger
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