In week 3 under temporary leadership, Hackney's 2nd string welcomed a few more new and long lost faces in the selection shuffle, Belsize Park 2nd XV faced dilemmas of different nature we imagine due to 1st team taking their London Nigerian "bye" week. Geoff Furlong, Mike Waithe and Nic Gregor all tried to add some grunt however it never seemed to be enough to turn the retreating tide. This placed a lot of pressure on Will Kay at set piece time as our primary jumper and no. 8 behind a scrum on roller-skates, even with distinguished effort in this area the Gargoyles still conceded the vast amount of territory and possession. Their defence creaked loudly under this strain until unforced mistakes paramount to shooting themselves in the foot let BP in for 6 first half tries.


If large portions of the game seemed like trying to gain the ball to attack like sifting for gold in a flowing river, the reward turned out to be golden. The interchange passes and offloads between Rich Mills and Josh joseph with the returning Charlie King and Dominic Cowderoy cut open the opposition defence open on the counterattack, and when replacement back rowers Ricardo Duberry and Neil Cunningham joined in the 2nd half, Hackney went on to win the final 40 minutes. Overall though it has to emphasised the home side were better side for long periods