League may be getting tighter but St Albans are looking up rather than down

PUBLISHED: 12:18 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 02 November 2017

William Batchelor is tackled to the ground as St Albans attack against Hitchin. Picture: KARYN HADDON

William Batchelor is tackled to the ground as St Albans attack against Hitchin. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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St Albans may have just three teams below them in the London North West Three table but the 40-18 victory at home to Hitchin has them looking in just one direction – up.

They are just three points behind Welwyn in third in what is becoming an incredibly tight division, with second and promotion another four points away.

This win saw them run in four converted tries in the first half and a further two scores in the second, only one of which was converted.

It was a fine team performance which will look to replicate on Saturday when sixth-placed Old Streetonians visit Boggymead.

The fine results didn’t end with the first team though as the 2nds combined youth with experience to beat Old Albanian Gladiators 38-14.

Led by John Sayers in the absence of injured captain Scott Mineikis, Saints were up for this from the start.

They got the opening score from a driving maul from a line-out, which some of the forwards claimed was well over 30 metres.

The conversion was missed and a nasty leg injury to the Albanian hooker left the remaining scrums uncontested.

A second injury in the forwards also reduced OAs to 14 for the rest of the game and Saints took full advantage added a converted score following good hands and strong carries.

The Gladiators replied with a converted score of their own before Sayers added the final try of the half leaving St Albans 17-7 ahead.

The forward dominance and minimal penalty count in the first half had been a big factor in their lead and it continued after the break.

A fourth try, scored by Roy Dube, was followed by a fifth, both of which were converted.

Albanian kept battling and got their second try of the game but Saints finished the scoring off with a sixth try.

A spokesman for the team said: “We would like to congratulate a spirited Gladiators on good, hard-fought game played in great spirit.

“It will be an interesting return fixture.”

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