- Hartpury and Filton serve up 73-point thriller
- Prince Henry’s continue unbeaten run in the Northern League
AASE League champions Hartpury got back to winning ways last week after they beat Filton College 43-30 in a stunning contest under lights on Wednesday evening.
Eleven tries were scored in total with Filton crossing for four to grab a bonus point in defeat, while Hartpury took until the final play of the game to clinch the win with their seventh try.
Hartpury had led 17-3 at half time thanks to two brilliant tries through Tom Griffiths and Matt Protheroe. Sam Westcott then added another shortly after the break.
For all of Filton’s threats in the wider channels, it was some tight play that brought them back into the game. After a series of concerted drives, hooker Kieran Ward forced his way over to pull the score back to 22-10.
However, Hartpury hit back straight away with some more fast handling for No. 8 Joe Wrafter to dot down in the corner.
Centre Lucas Slowik, who was a thorn in Hartpury’s side all night, smashed over from short range to bring Filton back into the game again.
But Hartpury’s talismanic captain Joe Batley responded by galloping through several Filton tackles to score yet another try which looked to have clinched it.
Filton’s response this time was stronger, pacey replacement Elias Caven crossing twice to bring the visitors back to within one score with only five minutes to play.
Filton made their way into the Hartpury 22, but a loose lineout saw the ball kicked clear and, after Filton fumbled, Hartpury wing Westcott gathered and cantered in under the posts, buoyed by the roar of the crowd.
Elsewhere in the Southern League, Truro recorded their second win in a row against Ivybridge. The Cornishmen ran in six tries, Jack Simmons grabbing a hat trick. Joel Matavesi, Ed Holmes and Neil Stanleick also scoring for Truro.
Henley College turned the form books on their heads with a shock 10-3 win at league leaders St Paul’s.
Connor Corrigan scored the only try of the match, with Liam Shields accumulating the rest of the points with the boot.
Henley head coach Danny Batty reflected: “The players are aware they beat an extremely good side and this will really help their self-belief. The challenge for us now is to try and consistently match this level of performance.”
Prince Henry’s continued their unbeaten run in the Northern League, and are the now the only unbeaten AASE side in the country.
The Otley outfit ran in 10 tries to beat Worcester Sixth Form College 64-0, with Sam Allan, Josh Bainbridge and Tom Burridge all scoring a brace.
Head coach Andy Rock said: “It was difficult for it to be anything but scrappy with the nature of the game. The lads quite rightly set themselves high-standards and didn't meet them at times.
“The positivity that we can feel from playing at pace and executing very well is lost slightly because of that, but the attitude of this group is fantastic, I believe they really can push on together over the coming weeks and months.”
In the other Northern League match, Myerscough registered yet another win, this time a 28-0 victory against Gosforth Academy.
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