The wind and rain that lashed down on Saturday afternoon announced in no uncertain terms to the travelling Hackney XV that winter had now arrived.  Hackney were, however, keen to build on last week's dominant performance to come away with a win against the side with equal points in an extremely competitive league.  

The elements had an immediate impact on the game.  Whilst Datchworth were able to collect the kick, their return box kick was knocked on.  The ensuing scrum signaled to the Hackney front row that they were in for a long afternoon with Datchworth utterly dominant in that part from the game from the first engagement. 

Hackney were under immediate pressure and Datchworth touched down out wide for a strong start. 

Now aware of the restart pattern deployed by the home side, Hackney captain Bowers stayed deep to collect the kick intended to pin the visitors back.  Although unable to catch the ball cleanly, Bowers made several yards against the Datchworth chasers to get Hackney on the front foot. 

Noting that the weather dictated a tighter style of play than usual, the Hackney forwards carried well and maintained possession before forcing a penalty in front of the Datchworth posts, which was duly slotted by O'Hara.  

Datchworth, however, renewed their 5 point advantage by kicking another  penalty minutes later. 

The Griffins were not to be subdued.  As dominant in the line out as Datchworth were in the scrum, they utilised their possession to good effect and just before half time open side flanker Ward dived round the side of a ruck to dot down making the score 8 apiece going into halftime. 

The second half was one mostly of Hackney dominance, including an 18 phase battering of the Datchworth try line which the home side did well to repel.  

A second score was, however, seemingly inevitable as front row Andy Pilkington again pushed through the soft flank of a ruck to bundle over and make the score 15-8. 

Hackney held on against a late push from Datchworth in the final minutes to secure an important victory in difficult conditions.