Disputed try costs Harpenden the win at Hammersmith
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 February 2016
A disputed try right at the death cost Harpenden Rugby Club victory at second-placed Hammersmith & Fulham.
With Harps leading 20-15 in the closing seconds, Hammersmith were awarded a try although it appeared to some that there had been a foot in touch before the ball was carried over the try line.
Fortunately the conversion attempt sailed wide of the posts leaving the final score tied at 20-20.
In a see-saw game played on a very heavy pitch, the Hammers struck first with an unconverted try before Harps full back Ollie Brown touched down after a quickly taken tap penalty.
It was converted by Tom Sweeney who kicked a penalty after another unconverted try for the hosts to leave the sides level at half-time.
Despite losing prop George Rolfe with a suspected fractured arm early in the second half, Harps, who were kicking very well, took the lead again with a try from scrum-half Fred Gulliford, converted once more by Sweeney.
Hammersmith scored another unconverted try before Sweeney continued his accuracy with the boot, extending Harpenden’s lead with a penalty.
The result keeps Harps in fifth-place in London Two North West.
Enfield Ignatians supply the next challenge on March 5 at Redbourn Lane.
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