The Gladies winning streak continued in style this weekend in a convincing 29-0 friendly win against Millwall. Despite having the majority of players out of position, and several players starting for the first time, the team were as pumped for this match as any league game.

From the kick off the Gladies showed impressive team spirit and drive. Prop Gill Thurlow put in huge tackle after tackle, not shying away from contact and leading the pack by example. The newly formed star front row of Thurlow, Bjorvig and Leetch turned over every scrum. They dominated to such an extent that the Millwall players were begging for uncontested scrums.

The first try, however, resulted from a near perfect forward - back combination. Stong ball carrying from Bjorvig and Lock Sarah Lawrence left the backs with a huge overlap. Quick hands between half backs Helen Doig and Amy Hague left Millwall’s back line looking vulnerable. Winger Sophie Campbell, in typical fashion, secured the Gladies’ first try.

The first half continued with Gladies dominating in most areas of the game. Despite having a difficult referee who disallowed many of our trys in the first half we were not disheartened! The second try came from Sarah Barber who pushed through their defence just five metres from the try line. Not a bad start to her Gladies career! Hackney were in a strong position but the Millwall attack remained persistent. Confident play from their experienced number nine, combined with sloppy defence from the home side, forced flankers Rachel Middleton and Lydia Meeson to raise their game like never before. They took to their flanking positions like ducks to water! (or like a fat kid to cake). In addition, full back Gen Barr made sure that our line of defence remained impenetrable.

The third try came from our more experienced Hackney players Charley Miller and our full back Barr. As a result of communication and a flair kick from Captain Miller, Gen was able to pick up the ball just metres from the try line and secure our third try of the match. The conversion from Miller secured a 19-0 lead. And all before half time!

However, the second half saw the loss of Captain Miller and experienced player Campbell. This meant that the remaining players had to pick up their game even more as Millwall attack persisted. The Gladies were all committed to not letting Millwall concede a try and through aggressive defence from backs Jenni Close and Abbie Crawford and from No. 8 Kumari this was becoming more of a reality. The nail in the coffin for the opposition came from 9 Doig, sniping round the Millwall scrum to score in the corner in the last 5 minutes of the game.

All in all this was an impressive game, and a fine opportunity, well taken, by a side willing to test out new positions and try new (flair) moves. Hackney forwards showed that they could compete not only in open play, but in scrums and line outs too. Confident backs play from Crawford, Hague and Close ensured that the final score was a respectable one. Notable performances came from Meeson and Hague, however BOTM went to scrum half Doig who adapted her game impressively to the position. Saturday’s WOTM, however, went once again to Mini Middleton. Another storming performance in a new position highlighted just how much potential she has.