The gargoyles came up short with another spirited effort against Hampstead.

The away side started sharper and after knocking on over the line once they managed to score in the opposite corner. Hackney choose to play into a strong wind first half which meant lots of keeping the ball in hand and quick tap penalties, though ball retention was occasionally an issue, fortune favours the brave and opportunities were created. First Charlie Davis and Conor Sullivan combined down the right flank to break away and Conor's clever kick in field forced a 5 metre scrum to the Hack, from this position Matia Nau scampered over on the left wing. Hampstead were causing lots of problems of there own out wide to a stretched Hackney defence, finally breaking tackles to retake the lead 20 minutes in. However it was the home side who lead at the half. Tom Bentley leaped to steal opposition lineout ball and his quick thinking setting up A. Maul, a recent acquisition from the Hackney 1st team who marched 30 yards down the field to provide the territory for Oli Hart to continue his prolific try scoring season.

Now playing with the wind the Gargoyles had every reason to be opportunistic, but it was Hampstead's superb handling along the backline and accuracy in testing conditions which opened the second half scoring and proved to be decisive in winning the game. Now chasing the game from behind, the home side keep in touch with committed and relentless charges from 10 yards out from first man of the match Barney Hampel and then Rolfin Nylus. This was never quite enough on its own with the maroons pilling away on the scoreboard for the victory.