Hammersmith Hills Hoists 46 Bristol All Golds 8
The tranquil serenity of the adjacent River Thames was in stark contrast to a blood and thunder clash rich in entertainment between these two combatants. Due to the searing heat the match was played in four quarters to provide the opportunity for water replenishment.
The home team was soon into its stride and with only four minutes on the clock pin point handling exposed the visitor’s weak left side defence and Charles Beatty glided in wide out. Even so it appeared the All Golds had levelled matters shortly thereafter but the referee adjudged a knock on over the line by Brandon Lamb. The first quarter continued to witness end to end action and at the end of it Hoists led 4 – 0.
Within three minutes of the resumption the excellent Beatty had added a second touchdown which was goaled by Blaise Lomax. Five minutes later Bristol responded with Lamb plunging over from dummy half. The conversion was missed but a fine encounter was unfolding. The All Golds continued to gain momentum and a skilful handling movement ended with an impressive Jack Uren try. At this juncture Hammersmith led 10 – 8. The half time break was a few seconds away when Lomax exposed a weakness in the Bristol defence. With his conversion the second quarter ended 16 – 8 in favour of Hoists. The third quarter saw the London side take a firm grip on the game with the addition of further scores from Lomax and Rob Cooper with both being converted by the former. At 28 – 8 in the final quarter Hoists were now well in command and showing why they are one of the favourites for the Grand Final in September.
Bristol continued to display great tenacity and endeavour but the team work and overall class of Hammersmith proved to be a decisive combination and the visitor’s goal line was breached thrice more courtesy of Cooper, Tom West and Riccardo Caligiuri. Blaise Lomax – pivotal to much of Hoists outstanding play – converted all three.
The final scoreline was a touch harsh on the All Golds. However this is their first season in what is proving to be a first class Southern Conference Premier League and valuable lessons are being learned on a weekly basis.