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1st XV - Match centre

Black Horse
Chesham 2nd
R Schrimshaw, M Livesey (2)
R Hope, A Lee
Sat 17 Oct 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5 Full time Attendance 22

Black Horse 24 v 40 Chesham 2nds


Black Horse come up short against strong Chesham side

Last years league winners traveled to Hertford today and with one victory each last season it was always going to be a tight game. The horse started the first half well and spent the first 5 minutes camped in the Chesham half. They got the first try of the game not long after, Rob Scrimshaw took a quick penalty and then preceded to run around 5 players to score himself. Richard Hope converted to put the horse 7-0 up. The horse continued the pressure straight from the kick off and Richard Hope was unlucky not to get on the scoreboard after a long run, unfortunately though injuring himself in the process.
It took Chesham 15 minutes to get in to the Black Horse half but the Black Horse defended well. Chesham knew that if they got the ball out wide they could cause the Horse problems and the first time they did they should have had a try, the ball passed forward to the winger. They did however get their first try of the day soon after. After camping themselves in the Horse 22 and numerous penalties, their prop took a quick one to make the score 7-5. The Horse rallied and came straight back at Chesham. The ball was stolen a couple of times in the middle of the pitch by both sides but Mark Livesey came out with the ball. He kicked the ball over the top and chased it down, one more kick and a hand on the ball saw the Horse regain the lead, 12-5.
The second half started with another injury substitution for Black Horse, as Rob Scrimshaw had to come off with slight concussion. The shift around of players seemed to affect the Black Horse, as Chesham pushed forward, shipped the ball out wide and got the try to level the scoreline. The Horse kicked off and almost immediately gave away a penalty in the Chesham half. This was taken quickly and the player ran in a try from his own half, to put Chesham in the lead, 19-12, for the first time in the game. What Chesham could do, the Horse could match. It was Mark Livesey this time who took a penalty in his own half and after some powerful running scored his second try of the game to leave the score poised at 17-19.
After a fairly even first ten minutes the next twenty were all Cheshams, with 3 tries scored. The first saw the strong pack of Chesham push the Horse over the line from 5ms. The second saw both Matt Rogers and Chris Powell call a mark before they'd caught the ball, causing them both to the drop the ball and a Chesham player to swoop it up and score a try. The third try came from another quick penalty taken from their own half to leave the score 17-40 with ten minutes remaining. The Horse restored some pride and spent the last ten camped in the Chesham 22. The fourth penalty from 5m saw the referee award a penalty try and Adrian Lee converted to leave the final score 24-40.

MOM - Chris Ellmore
WOM - Michael Fignon

Chris Ellmore

Player of the Match

Chris Ellmore

Key moments

Try Rob Schrimshaw scores for Black Horse
Conversion Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
Try Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
Try Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
Conversion Adrian Lee kicks a conversion for Black Horse

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As it happened

  • Black Horse
  • Chesham 2nd
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  • Rob Schrimshaw Try 5:00'
  • Richard Hope Conversion 5:00'
  • Stephen Hewlett Sub On 10:00'
  • Richard Hope Sub Off 10:00'
  • Mark Livesey Try 35:00'
  • Matt Rogers Sub On 40:00'
  • Paul James Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mark Livesey Try 55:00'
  • Dave Lowe Sub On 60:00'
  • John Thurley Sub On 60:00'
  • Rob Schrimshaw Sub Off 60:00'
  • Scott Francis Sub Off 60:00'
  • Adrian Lee Conversion 78:00'

Team selection

Hope, Richard Hope, Richard
Astarita, Dan Astarita, Dan
Livesey, Mark Livesey, Mark
Brown, Ben Brown, Ben
Fignon, Michael Fignon, Michael
Lee, Adrian Lee, Adrian
Schrimshaw, Rob Schrimshaw, Rob
Arberry, Chris Arberry, Chris
Ellmore, Chris Ellmore, Chris
Breeze, Michael Breeze, Michael
Best, Sean Best, Sean
James, Paul James, Paul
Francis, Scott Francis, Scott
Abdul, Moj Abdul, Moj
Powell, Chris Powell, Chris
Black Horse
Chesham 2nd
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League round up

Other Merit Table 5 results

Belsize Park 4th
Hackney 3rd


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Finsbury Park 18 90
2. Belsize Park 4th 18 78
3. Enfield Ign. 3rd 18 77
4. Old Grammarians 18 75
5. Black Horse 18 74
6. Chesham 2nd 18 71
7. Southgate 18 68

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