London North West Two
Hammersmith & Fulham 35-22 St Albans
Hammers were back to winning ways on Saturday with a five-try haul against a spirited St Albans side.
The Hurlingham Park side stole a march on the visitors, with centre Tony Bryant dotting down under the sticks for the first of his two tries. St Albans hit back with a try of their own and added another to lead 12-10 at half-time.
Sustained pressure from Hammers, with strong ball carrying from forwards James Boysons, who bagged himself a try, and Paddy O’Boyle, saw the home side gain a good foothold in the opposition half.
Hammers full-back Neil McClure and winger Jamie Lo touched down with two late tries in a free flowing second half to run out comfortable winners and move up to fourth, a point behind neighbours Chiswick.
Head coach Dave Mannion said: “We were pleased to get back to winning ways and credit to St Albans, they did very well to keep in the game and it was probably closer than the scoreline suggests. We just managed to take our opportunities when they came.”
Hammers begin their defence of the Middlesex Cup this weekend, with a Hurlingham Park 2pm fixture tomorrow (Saturday) against league rivals Staines.