Sat 19
1st XV
London 2 North West: Luton 24-24 Hackney

London 2 North West: Luton 24-24 Hackney

By Ian Nancollas
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Luton earned their first points of the season with a hard fought draw against fourth place Hackney.

But two points could have been five had Luton snatched a late score from a final scrum on the opposition 5 metre line.

Instead they have to wait until next Sat, away at Chiswick, for an opportunity to enjoy a first win of the campaign.

In truth the Newlands side did well to break their early season duck and continue to improve. However in such a competitive division the results will need to change soon.

Hackney got off to a good start and were 7 points up on 10 mins. Luton quickly leveled the scores with Shane Thomas diving over in the corner. Olly Haynes added a difficult conversion.

Hackney forged ahead again but the sides changed ends with the score level after a John Kerr try and another Haynes conversion.

The home side conceded a third try straight from the re-start, but a long range penalty saw Haynes reduce the deficit.

Hackney regained their 7 point advantage with a penalty goal. However Luton showed their resilience by coming back to level the scores for the final time. Todd Williams touched down and Haynes completed a perfect kicking display by adding the conversion.

Late drama saw Luton chase a kick to the try line where Hackney conceded a scrum and had a man sent to the bin.

But a draw was a fair result and first team manager Steve Evans summed it up, saying: "The players are taking all the right steps, and I’m convinced our first win of the season is coming.

"Callum Strachan was rightly nominated man of the match but there’s no doubt that all of the players put their all into the match.

"We are having no trouble scoring into the 20s in our matches but it’s our defence and tackling which requires work."

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Match details

Match date

Sat 19, Oct 2019




London 2 North West

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