The first of 3 trips to St Albans this season took place on Remembrance Day, and the pre-match minute of silence wasn't the only moment of reflection on a tough day at the office.


A hard fought but ultimately energy sapping opening 20 was a sign of things to come. Hackney defending - and defending well - in their own 22 was a regular occurrence but it came at a cost with captain Matt Hanton going off injured. Rumours that he saw a craft beer in the clubhouse and decided it was a better option are unfounded.


Once Albanians' powerful left winger went over for his first, the floodgates opened. He added a second before the half, with further tries coming from a centre off of an attacking scrum and a barge over by what I think was a prop. I wasn't able to stop him from 3 metres out so I'm claiming huge Fijian powerhouse of a prop at least.


24-0 at half-time became 50-0 after the full 80. The left winger again crossed for a double with 2 others coming from an Eddie Jones dream 'finisher' fullback and someone else I forget.


A rare moment of Hackney pressure saw us go over in the left corner, but play was brought back for a scrum to us. Whether that was a correct call is up for debate, unfortunately I, the left winger, was at the bottom of the previous ruck so didn't see.


Club Captain Cian Murphy ensured that he'd have far more than just a bad 80 minutes. Suffering a really nasty cut above his eye just 4 weeks before his wedding, it remains to be seen if he'll be allowed out of the house again.


So all in all, a bad day, but credit to OA's. A good bunch of guys with great facilities and the hardest working barman since Khris Sankar during Freshers Week.


Graceful winners for sure, and the chap who bought a pitcher for us in the clubhouse also deserves a shout-out. Hope to see you all in East London's finest establishments in the new year.