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1st XV - Match centre

Black Horse
Finsbury Park
A Lee (3)
Tries
I Aitken
Penalties
Sat 16 Jan 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5 Full time Attendance 16

Black Horse come up short against Finsbury Park

Close contest ends with Finsbury Park win

After last weeks impressive win against Weston the Horse were ready to face league leaders Finsbury Park. With 9 wins from 9 games, an average of 54 points scored and 7 points conceded the Horse were in for a tough test. The Horse lined up with a strong starting 15 and 6 subs also eager to impress and they started the game well. They pressed Finsbury Park in to their own half and the opposition struggled to get the ball out wide as planned. After a couple of penalties the Horse went for the points and Isaac Aitken scored to put the Horse 3-0 up.

The Horse continued the fast start straight from the kick off, attacking Finsbury Park with strength and power in the forwards and pace in the backs. They reverted to strength and power in the backs, when after numerous attempts the skipper Adrian Lee powered over from 5m. At 8-0 up the Horse had Finsbury Park reeling but some poor defense at a scrum left the right hand side exposed. A quick breakaway put them in one on one and some valiant defending from Richard Hope could not stop Finsbury from scoring their first try of the game. 8-7 to the Horse and the game was evenly poised.

Finsbury Park had the momentum following the try and pushed the horse hard, eventually getting the ball out wide to score their second of the game. An unfortunate incident soon after saw James Waddy injured with a dislocated ankle and the game had to move pitch to continue. A similar incident last week saw the Horse concede straight after the restart and they were adamant to not let history repeat itself. A great kick up the field from Isaac Aitken led to a 10m scrum for the Horse and Adrian Lee went over again to put the Horse back in the lead at half time, 13-12. This was the first time this season that Finsbury Park had gone in to half time behind.

The second half started with the same intensity but Finsbury Park edged the possession. They eventually got on the score sheet when a good move was finished off by their winger. The Horse came back strong however and powered up the pitch. Eventually Adrian Lee collected the ball and went over to complete his hat trick. The Horse were back in the lead, 18-17, and had twenty minutes to hold on.

Finsbury Park came on strong after that try, aided by poor decision making and penalty conceding by the Horse. Eventually, after what must have been the sixth penalty in a short period, they scored a try out wide. The Horse were deflated but had the time to score again. However they never got going and Finsbury Park managed to finish the game off with a final try, to leave the final score 27-18.

A great performance from the Black Horse in what was an entertaining, hard fought game for both sides. They move on to Stevenage away next week, encouraged by two excellent performances in 2016.

MOM - Papaya - For coming on and having a positive impact on the game (Unlike against Weston)
WOM - Neil McDonald - For calling an ankle out of touch when the Horse were pushing for a try

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Aaron Paea

Player of the Match

Aaron Paea

Key moments

10:00
Penalty Isaac Aitken kicks a penalty for Black Horse
20:00
Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
35:00
Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
60:00
Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Aaron Paea is awarded player of the match for Black Horse
70:00 Sub Off
Tony Cliffe is substituted off for Black Horse
70:00 Sub On
Sean Best is substituted on for Black Horse
60:00 Try 18 - 0
Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Paul James is substituted on for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Tom Grover is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Scott Francis is substituted on for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Neil McDonald is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Chris Powell is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Danny Migliozzi is substituted on for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Aaron Paea is substituted on for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Chris Arberry is substituted off for Black Horse
End of period 1
35:00 Try 13 - 0
Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
30:00 Sub Off
James Waddy is substituted off for Black Horse
30:00 Sub On
Kingsley Hovell is substituted on for Black Horse
20:00 Try 8 - 0
Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
10:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Isaac Aitken kicks a penalty for Black Horse
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Black Horse
  • Finsbury Park
  • 0
  • Isaac Aitken Penalty 10:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 20:00'
  • James Waddy Sub Off 30:00'
  • Kingsley Hovell Sub On 30:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 35:00'
  • Chris Arberry Sub Off 40:00'
  • Aaron Paea Sub On 40:00'
  • Danny Migliozzi Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Powell Sub Off 40:00'
  • Neil McDonald Sub Off 40:00'
  • Scott Francis Sub On 40:00'
  • Tom Grover Sub Off 40:00'
  • Paul James Sub On 40:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 60:00'
  • Sean Best Sub On 70:00'
  • Tony Cliffe Sub Off 70:00'

Team selection

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League round up

Other Merit Table 5 results

Belsize Park 4th
64
0
Hackney 3rd
31
22

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# 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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