First of all what a super event that was! day when Hornets could have expected around 350-400 we actually had a crowd of 809 which is full credit to the work put in by the board an others. Well done!
The U20s game was a brilliant curtain-raiser and though the final sore of 56 v 16 appears a bit one-sided the game was far from that.
Hemel's squad looked quite tasty and indeed they scored the first try when they put in a good move up the middle with great hands and backing up to score by the posts. Hornets took a little time to get warmed up but then scored a couple themselves to lead 12-6. A brief arm-wrestle then ensued until Hornets again struck to extend the lead to 16-6. However, after that there was an avalanche of points in a very short time with firs Hornets then Hemel, Hornets again followed by Hemel before Hornets ended the stint with a well taken effort.
At the half everyone was talking about how good the general level of play was and I think if this is the sort of youth Hemel have in their area they should bring some real prospects through in the future.
Hornets were far too strong in the second half and ran in more scores but to their credit the Hemel lads didn't disappear they kept tying to do something in attack right to the final whistle. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the players of tomorrow.
After a pint I the bar it was on to the main game and |Hornets' roller-coaster ride continued. They looked to have taken the game by the scruff of the neck only to let it slip by shipping 16 points to bring Hemel back into contention. Don't get me wrong, Hemel are a decent side and will trouble sides in the future but we had them and let them wriggle free.
alf time was a disappointing 18-16 and the lads could have expected a rocket from Ian Talbot and when they came back out they were a different side again. They retook the advantage and this time never let it slip. Gareth Langley had another good day with the boot only missing one rom wide out fro his sevn attempts. Davies and the Saints half back, his name evades me at the moment, had sound games, as did Hough and Cookson. Wayne English still appears to be getting younger and his play at full-back just seems to get better and better and he came up with a real humdinger of a try.
On the whole this was a superb day out and the weather didn't try to spoil it and if everyone enjoyed it as much as I did then there will be 809 really happy people around tonight!