A strong Gog squad assembled at fortress Spring Hill in their second league venture of the season. Today their foes would be a motley crew of an Old Ashmolean side teamed with a Old Tottonians side; both valiantly struggling to keep alive, fulfilling fixtures and battling on, reminiscent of Hackney RFC's own not too distant past.

The men of the day were surely Nelson, Patrick Jordan and Nick Ford; all of whom did stints for the Oppo, a big ask for anyone, but without whom there would have been no game.

Hackney got off to a flying start, getting points on the board early, and continued to put pressure on the visitors.

A 91 nil victory speaks for itself. The pessimistic among us will look to our mistakes. Our forwards, freed from the burden of contested scrums, marched the loose ball up and down the pitch - occasionally spoiling good work with a pass that should never have been considered. Opportunities squandered, miss firing line-outs and a scrum that was never tested compounded frustration of a pessimist.

But with the ball in hand decision making was clinical, our lines were unforgiving and our tackles solid. We never took the foot off the pedal which a Gog squad of previous years may have done, a trait mastered last season, and hopefully will be retained this season.

Our first league win of the season is much welcomed. And hopefuly will set the tone for the coming weeks.