Magic Mahoney on the money for super St Albans
London Two North St Albans 13 Wimbledon 0 SAINTS welcomed Wimbledon RFC to Boggymead Spring for the first time in their history in London Two North on Saturday. The visitors had won the first match between the teams 37-22 earlier in the season but Saints
London Two North St Albans 13 Wimbledon 0 SAINTS welcomed Wimbledon RFC to Boggymead Spring for the first time in their history in London Two North on Saturday. The visitors had won the first match between the teams 37-22 earlier in the season but Saints were confident after their cup win against Old Albanians last weekend. The home side opened the scoring on 25 minutes from a line out 30m from Wimbledon's line. County number eight John Sayers, supported by fellow back row hard man Richard Louw, drove ahead, went to ground and forced a penalty which Mark Kentish coolly kicked through the posts. South African Louw then showed his speed to nullify a Wimbledon attack and there were no further scores before half time. There was, however, some more drama, when the touch judge was struck by the ball and had to be treated for a cut and bruising above the eye. In the second period it was irresistible force against immovable object as Wimbledon threw everything at a magnificent and highly motivated Saints defence. On 58 minutes John Sayers showed his county form as he took a line out at the tail 30m out and drove it before releasing to Louw and the ball was passed on through second rows captain Dan Hillier and Mark Davis to prop Mahoney and Sayers for a third time. By now the referee had again played a very long advantage for Wimbledon, serially offside, and came back for a penalty. Mark Kentish made no mistake to make it 6-0 on the hour. Before the restart Saints introduced Herts County Shield winning prop of 2005 Brent Green and also called on centre Phil James and flanker David Mitchell. Saints then worked a fine try with County full back Joe Shaw jinking and swerving through the defence before a slick offload behind his back to ever present wing James Dickinson. He made some ground before feeding the supporting Saints front row. Lemiere, Green and Mahoney instigated the pick and drive and Richard Louw fed centre Martin Alderton who flew at full throttle through a huge gap for the crucial score. Mark Kentish then converted to make it Saints 13 Wimbledon 0 on 62 minutes. Wimbledon battled back but could not breach the St Albans pack and Man of the Match, Aussie rugby league prop Farren Mahoney, kept them at bay, securing the 13-0 win. On Saturday St Albans go to Hadleigh. For more details on the club see the newly designed website at www.stalbansrfc.co.uk which has been masterminded by web designer Mikel Ludwig of www.webdsign.co.uk St Albans: D. Batchelor (B. Green 60), B. Lemiere, F. Mahoney, D. Hillier, M. Davis, R. Louw, O. Cooper-Millar (D. Mitchell 75), J. Sayers, G. Day, J. Andrews (P. James 70), J. Dickinson, M. Alderton, M. Kentish, E. Coy, M. Shaw.