A tough Saturday for the Gogs, as the team travelled to Chesham/Zone Nine for the fixture that marked the half way point of the Herts and Middlesex Merit 5 season.

It was a stop start game played in beautiful conditions. Two first quarter tries gave the home side a well earned 12-0 lead. However with a strong scrum and lineout, especially on the opposition put in where many a turn over was secured, Hackney spent much of the remainder of the game on or near the Chesham try line. Dave Lewis was 'sure' he had gone over at least once, while an unusually dynamic crash ball from Dave Bates was another close call.

In the backs injuries hampered momentum but the attack was well marshalled by Matt Fielden and Chris Reay, while Luke Hearn, recruited on the morning of the game, rolled back the years with some fine play in the centre/wing channel and but for the bounce of the ball on a few occasions would have gone over.

Late in the game, with Ford and Ferguson injecting some fresh legs, Hackney attacked in wave after wave but still couldn't breach the resolute Chesham defense. As is often the way when a team is chasing the game, the Gogs were vulnerable to counter attacks and two tries at the death gave Chesham a commanding lead and the five points.

Overall the Gogs can take heart from some very promising work at the set piece and in attack, as well as having shown great heart and passion playing high paced, physical rugby right to the final whistle. We await the return fixture!