Harpenden given runaround by big guns from Honourable Artillery Company

PUBLISHED: 10:48 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 24 November 2016

Fred Gulliford grabbed a late consolation against HAC. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Fred Gulliford grabbed a late consolation against HAC. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Harpenden have been left just above the relegation places in London North West Two after a 50-10 drubbing away to Honourable Artillery Company.

Not for the first time this season, the country boys from Harpenden came up against a physically and technically better London side.

There was no indication of the final result early on as Harpenden got off to a good start, playing attacking rugby with all the skill they could muster.

In fact it was they who scored the first try after 15 minutes when a good kick to touch from a penalty allowed them to win their throw in and from the driving line-out, Sean McLoughlin went over to score.

Harpenden continued in this vein until the 26th minute when HAC kicked a penalty.

Two minutes later HAC scored the first of their tries due in no small part to poor Harpenden tackling.

But at 10-5 down at half-time, Harpenden were still in the game.

However, HAC started to show their superiority after the break with their faster backs running in at speed.

Mistakes started to happen and the hosts began their run of six second-half tries.

It was not until the 72nd minute that Harpenden got across the try-line again, Fred Gulliford making a clean break from a maul.

The fact that the conversion was missed from in front of the posts just about summed up Harpenden’s disappointing day.

A better performance is now required when London Nigerian come to Redbourn Lane for the next home game on Saturday.

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