Perfect conditions for rugby greeted the Gogs in their fifth league encounter of the season. Harpenden were an unknown for the hackney thirds, having not faced them previously.
Hackneys captain sidelined through illness, got to watch the sided dominate Harpenden for large spells of the game.
A great after two minutes say hackney stamp their authority on the game with the ferocious Will Roberts thundering over the line. Solid work in the pack gave Hackney the platform to find the clinical edge that they missed in previous games this season. For the second game in a row, Hackney 3rds played with their heads screwed on tightly and with an aggressive edge.

The pack rumbled around, dynamic movement and support from the pack released Luke and the backs, but it was felt not often enough. Hard lines from the hackney side saw breaks leading to trys from Tim, Rolfin and Andy Boon. Hackney’s great break was undermined as they got carried away with themselves, Dynamically charging up the left wing as a unit, the broken play went one loose pass too far, and counter attacking from their own half, the brave and powerful Harpenden side gained 7 points. Their only of the game.

The second half hackney frustrated themselves, being the better side, but failing to convert pressure top points. But a composed performances from 18 men saw Andy Owen break down the wing to score, and Nick L, on his first appearance for Hackney showed good composure to set Sam Tivoi away for another try to finish off the game.

Good performances from Ali in 12 and Joel at 14 were eclipsed by Nick Ford’s unrelenting pressure on his opposite number. His vicious pressure and constant composed presence made for a man of the match performance.

This Hackney side are not where they need to be yet to win this league but certainly are on the way.