Another Saturday another garden city. Down from the manicured suburbs the ill prepared travellers faced probably Hackney's strongest 3rd team in recent history. As the club gathers momentum (reflecting the organic growth of a real city) the efforts and sacrifices of the coaches and committee bore fruit on the fields of Springhill this Saturday. The heady flow of potential passing through this precious green corner of Hackney finally found pattern and coherence.

Welwyn were made weary and uncertain by the home sides relentless pressure. The pack dominated in every corner of the large first team pitch. Their scrums ground the opposition into submission. The rucks, a blaze of committment, especially from Sam Berkson and Matthieu, were rarely conceded. Possession and territory were largely under Gog control. This gave the backs, under the leadership of James Hardwick, room for manoeuvre. They punished the oppositions defence with mesmeric running lines and unerring support play.

Charlie Naud, (new charlie) and John Young were past, present, future. All contained- in Charlie, at scrum half, dictating play. His confident youthful voice rang out, in tune, in passion, in belief, he demanded form and focus from the forwards. - in John, now more avuncular than patriarchal, when free from ripping ball from hapless Welwynians, quietly encouraging, full of praise and wise direction. Youth and experience combined for joint MOTM. They are Hackney RFC.

All played well. A broad brush of talent, too broad to mention. After many close defeats it was a day for the Gogs to celebrate as Welwyn returned to the certainty and comfort of the pruned hedgerow.

note: new charlie doesn't make Charlie Davis old charlie!