The twenty eighth of November 2015 years after Christ's birth saw Hackney face off against Old Haberdashers. The visitors were much improved from the side which lost last week 88-7, no doubt relived of the stress of worrying about how there 1st XV were doing as that side wasn't in action. In this bright start they stretched Hackney left and right resulting in an opening try which was quickly followed up by a penalty goal to OHs. Playing into the wind, Hackney struggled to get into the game being careless with what scant possession they were afforded with both line outs struggling in the conditions. The Watford outfit then pushed their lead to 17-0 directly from a scrum after setting up the play with many no. 8 trundles up the blind side from scrums meaning the gargoyles weren't ready for the scrum half to break open to assist a simple try. The Hack 2nd XV persisted with there regular tactic of employing a winger in the 10 jersey and Joe Askham did an admirable job of kicking from Hackney's own half with his best kick frustratingly forcing a Hackney line out in Habers 22 but only as the half time whistle sounded.

"A tale of two halfs" Haberdashers representative described the encounter in the post match speeches, with the wind at there backs the home side certainly improved. A Conor Sullivan break flipped field position and after a few patient phases and a good Dan Worth dummy run set up Charlie Davis and his dancing feet to squeeze over in the corner. Ben Sudell put in an impressive shift on debut and it was his lineout steal which put the Gargoyles on the march again, a trademark Rolfin Nylus charge setting up Olly Kazeem to go over the top of a low tackler to ground the ball. Hackney now seemed able to march down the field at will, Olly's speed off the base of the scrum allowing him to terrorise the OH's backline. However there was something different about to the sewing vendors who had struggled in the league this week and they pounced on the occasions the Hack rushed and were too impatient in the 22 to defend resolutely with only one score now between the sides. Despite Dan Worth and Tom Jepps routinely getting over the gainline against the tiring tacklers, the east London side never got a better opportunity. At the breakdown, an area which Hackney had been in charge thanks to Barney Hampel's turnovers swung more to the away side due to a number of penalties. Yet another groundhog day of coming close in Merit 1 for the 2nds, perhaps next week will break the cycle