Sunday 19th March 2017

Championship South East 2

Hammers 29 Romford & Gidea Park 5

We were all looking forward to playing old rivals Romford again after a very successful game away at the start of the season. A few tough losses got us fired up and we were in definite need of redemption. A sizable crowd of supporters gathered before kick off and the Hammers ladies were ready to go.

It quickly became obvious that when we all worked together we could put enormous pressure on the opposition and make a lot of ground. After some initial difficulties at the scrum we managed to sort it out and made it extremely difficult for them, even winning some of their scrums. This lasted until they brought on some new players in the pack in the second half who put some weight behind their scrum.

Our first try came after some lovely interplay near the try line and some beautiful offloads that allowed Ayala to score near the posts. Another try followed in the first half. We stayed organised and played through the phases. The work by the forwards gave us plenty of space out wide and great hands down the back line allowed Helen ‘John’ Egan to score in the corner, making her the most successful forward turned winger in Hammers history.

Half time gave us a much needed breather but we knew what we had to do to keep scoring. Our strong runners had been breaking through their line all game and especially Leah, Annabel and Helene often made it past many defenders who would just hang on to them for dear life or alternatively bounce off. As a result Leah managed to burst over the line to give us try number 3. Despite a try saving tackle in the corner where we managed to divert the path of a Romford prop into touch (believe me, it was impressive) Romford nonetheless manged to score a try. We came back strong however, and Annabel scored 2 more tries for us towards the end of the game, giving the Hammers Ladies a well deserved bonus point victory. 5 tries and 2 conversions by Sophie left us with a 29-5 final score which was celebrated adequately at the Fest after.

Back of the match went to Becki for her great direction and control during the game, as well as some cracking runs. Joint forward of the match went to Helene who had an outstanding game once again, showing us what aggression and desire really means, and to Annabel whose unstoppable force made us many meters and brought us two beautiful tries.

  • Tries: 5
  • Conversions: 2
  • Penalties: 0
  • Drop Goals: 0
  • Hammers: -
  • Substitutes: -
  • Debut: -
  • Man of the Match: Becki, Helene and Annabe
  • Tin Man: -