Harps performance bang on again in super Amersham win

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Bobby Tane in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Bobby Tane in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

The signs that Harpenden are finally finding their feet in the higher division continued as yet another excellent performance brought a second successive win – this one a 30-15 success at home to Amersham & Chiltern.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Oli Lacey in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Oli Lacey in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

The Redbourn Lane-based rugby club were elevated to London One North last season but started the season with just one win from the opening four games.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern .
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

However, they are now up to seventh and just two places below Southend Saxons who they visit on Saturday.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern .
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

The turnaround in fortunes continued almost from the first minute against the Buckinghamshire side.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Henry Simcott in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Henry Simcott in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Tom Sweeney gave Harps the lead on five minutes with a penalty before adding a second five minutes later.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern .
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant


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The lead was halved by Nat Hocking on 23 minutes and with both defences holding firm, the prospect of a single try seemed remote for a long time.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern .
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

When the breakthrough did come, it must have arrived on a bus as Harpenden managed two scores in the last two minutes of the half.

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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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First Matt Deane bagged a sweet try following a great break by Tom Stagg and almost immediately after Conor McClean kicked a loose ball forward before winning the race to touch down under the posts.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Sweeney converted both to give Harpenden a healthy 20-3 lead at half-time.

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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Amersham kept fighting though and were rewarded with a try on 55 minutes when their Kiwi prop Lachlan Collier popped up on the left wing to score.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Sweeney edged the hosts further ahead with a third penalty on 61 minutes but it took until 72 minutes for them to breach the away side's defences, thanks to a try from replacement scrum-half Henry Simcott who had come on for the injured Fred Gulliford.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Sweeney duly converted.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Jimmy Spiers in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

The one disappointment of the day was they couldn't get a fourth try and a bonus point and the final score actually went to Amersham, Lloyd Anderson getting it shortly before the final whistle.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Tom Sweeney in action for Harpenden.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Tom Sweeney in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Skipper Oli Lacey said: "I'm really happy with the result. Once again it was our defence that won us the game because we were under a lot of pressure.

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Adam Wheatley in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Adam Wheatley in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

"The only disappointment was letting them back into the game in the final minutes. This area of our game is something that we'll be working on ahead of the trip to Southend."

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Matt Deane in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Matt Deane in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Adam Wheatley in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Adam Wheatley in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Matt Deane in action for Harpenden.
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern - Matt Deane in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern .
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Harpenden V Amersham & Chiltern . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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