The Griffins kicked off their home campaign with a tough fixture to one of the two demoted teams, Old Ashmoleans. After a bonus point win the previous week the pressure was on to build on the good start. The game kicked off to the crack of thunder above as the heavens opened, making condition very greasy. With Hackney choosing to play into the wind the first half was going to be tough and so it proved. Both sides took their time to get to grips with conditions, Hackney proved the slower. Infringements at the breakdown cost the griffins easy yards as Old Ashmoleans pressed home this advantage camping themselves in the Hackney half. With conditions getting worse Old Ashmoleans breached the Hackney line for the first time, driving hard down the middle of the the pitch, good scramble defence was able to prevent the score but it had sucked in the Hackney backs, Old Ashmoleans got the ball wide and went over in the corner for a converted score.

Stern words were had under the posts and Hackney responded immediately. The call for a greater intensity was answered throughout the team, huge hits started to rain in. Hackney got their reward. With an attacking scrum 20m from the line a well worked blindside move saw Neil Cunningham go over the white wash. The try was converted to bring the scores level and it stayed this way until the half.

The message at half time was one to use the wind and build pressure by cutting out the penalties, in so not giving away easy yards. The message was well received and Hackney kicked for territory, camping on their opponents try line; waiting for a mistake from Ashmoleans. It wasn't long in coming. Ben Chamberlain forced a 5 meter scrum. From the subsequent scrum he continued to apply pressure on the Ashmolean's kicker as he tried to clear his lines, he cracked; spilling the ball and leaving Chamberlain only a few meters for his first score of the season which he duly excepted.

Hackney pressed on and should have added a couple more tries, however a combination of slippery conditions and poorly executed handling left Ashmoleans within a score. Changes were made up front and Hackney's pack started to show their dominance and were rewarded with try to warm any forwards heart. Pressure led to a Hackney line out 10 meters out which was caught and driven over. The mauling work at training showing through, Andy Pilkington emerging to claim the try.

With little time remaining in the game Josh Binns became the second of the backrow to make and score his own try. With Hackney's pack now dominant, the ball came firing out the back of the Ashmoleans scrum. Binns needed no invitation and was onto it and over in a flash. Hackney next travel to Saracens to try to continue this winning start.