After some effective warm up drills, the Gladies didn't let the frigid weather get to them and started the game ready to attack. Hackney played mainly in the opposition's half putting increasing pressure on them, including some powerful driving scrums close to their try line.

Sophie Campbell finally opened the scoring when she broke through gaps in Sutton's defense and touched it down between the posts.

Not content with being in the lead, the Gladies continued piling on the pressure with Lydia Meeson scoring the first of her hat trick when she broke through Sutton's defensive line. Captain Charley Miller followed her for some much needed support as they were being chased down by some speedy Sutton backs. After Miller was taken down, she popped the ball up to Meeson to finish off the scoring move and the Gladies were now up 12-0.

And it didn't stop there for the Gladies in the first half when prop Jo Cotterrell picked up a ball from a ruck, drifted left creating an overlap and passed it on to Abby Crawford to take it in for the try.

Unfortunately, despite being up 19-0, the Gladies didn't start the second half with as much ambition while the opposition really stepped up their level of play.

Lack of concentration and commitment in the breakdowns resulted in the opposition capitalising and scoring a try that they had worked hard to obtain. Momentum had definitely shifted and continued their way when a slow response from Hackney allowed Sutton to take a quick line out. Their ball handling let them down which freed up Emma Wade to sprint down the pitch for a 5 more points.

This opened up the flood gates as Meeson intercepted a pass from her opposite numbers hands and ran away from anyone willing to chase. She and Emma Wade each scored again with great sprints up the pitch. Charley Miller ended the match in style with a run down the right side line and into the corner.

The Gladies played a great overall game of rugby including smart territory decisions made by Miller and Campbell, strong set play from the forwards and a wall of defense from the centre line.