Hackney 4th XV comfortably dispatched Ilford Ravens, as pace and invention triumphed over the superior bulk of the home team. Hackney arrived with a rich and varied squad, featuring three former first team captains, an assortment of new/estranged players to the club and three colts making their adult rugby debut. Hackney's starting XV resembled a mid- naughties reunion, with messrs Lary, Whitlock, Ferguson, Williams, Fanning and Holgate taking the field. Despite a gale force wind at their backs, the home team inexplicably chose to keep ball in hand, trusting to their large pack to run repeatedly at the Hackney XV. Hackney's defense was strong however, with Ev Rafferty and Aidan Briggs excelling in the pack, and Chris Graves outstanding at Full Back in both attack and defence. Rolling subs allowed Hackney to bring on the new order mid-way through the first half, with Koray, Charlie Kiloran and Rob- the three Colts taking to adult rugby like ducks to water. All three put in outstanding performances, with Koray denting the Ravens forwards with his running, and Rob showing deft feet in the backs. With half time approaching the game was scrappy, with Hackney getting pulled into a tight game they could ill afford , but finally Hackney broke free with a storming 30 yard run from Alexander Johnstone opening the scoring. Hackney continued where they had left off after the break... Virtually straight from the kick off, Dan Worth produced a seering run, passing to Morgan in support who touched down. The outstanding half back combination of Cornac Fanning and Shaun Rooke used the wind intelligently where the home team had failed, and both mobilised the width in the Hackney game that left Ravens with no answer. Further tries followed from Champagne Bouvier ( who managed to get an opponent sin-binned as part of his celebrations), Aidan Briggs, Cornac Fanning and , in his rugby debut, Sebastien the Nordic Noir, who is unlikely ever to return to football following a sparkling debut. With the line out functioning well and the scrum solid, Hackney were in complete control, and were unfortunate to concede a late consolation try. An outstanding afternoon which perfectly demonstrated the depth and spirit of the club. Man of the Match was virtually impossible to select, but Aidan Briggs garnered the honour for an outstanding and versatile performance at second row.