Harrow 48

Hendon 7

HARROW raced to the top of Herts/Middlesex One with a thumping win over Hendon at the weekend.

Chris West’s side scored four tries in the first 20 minutes and went on to claim four more as they cruised to a 48-7 victory on Saturday.

That big result, coupled with Hackney’s shock 25-3 defeat at Old Actonians, saw Harrow leapfrog the leaders and reach the summit for the first time this season.

“I was surprised,” admitted club chairman Andy Smart after seeing his side top the table.

“I think Hackney are a good side so I don’t know what happened with them and I would think it is just a blip.

“There is a pressure that comes with being top of the league. I feel it will be down to who beats who in the top four at the end of the day and there is plenty of opportunity for all of those sides, as well as us, to drop points. I’d rather be top than not though.

“Everybody has got more bonus points than us, and that is something we are looking at, but it was nice to get one this weekend and the most important thing is to win the game first and foremost. Win the game and then you can worry about bonus points.”

The two promoted teams now lead the way in Herts/Middlesex One, Harrow holding a one-point lead over Old Merchant Taylors’, who they are due to meet on December 15.

But there are still points to be won at Harlequins Amateurs before that and Smart doubts as to whether that one will go ahead after Quins failed to put out a side at the weekend.

“I don’t know what’s happening with Harlequins,” he said. “They didn’t play last week, they scratched. There is a rumour that they might be withdrawing from the league so we’ll have to see about that. We will have to try and pick up another fixture if that happens because we’ve got to go down to Taylors after that and we can’t go into that one cold. I’m going to speak to the league secretary this week to see what is going on.”

Meanwhile, tests have confirmed Harrow’s Simon Brown did suffer a dislocated shoulder in the club’s previous win and he will now be sidelined until at least January.

n PINNER & Grammarians picked up their second win of the season as they thumped Old Isleworthians 57-0 in Herts/Middlesex Two.