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20th May 2019

The Stags got their season up and running in the Southern Conference League when they triumphed 16-6 against South London Silverbacks at Pennine Way.

The Beckenham-based Silverbacks arrived with a full squad so both sides opted to field 20 man squads. The first half was dominated by both sides doing their best to concede possession to each other through a serious of handling  errors along with giving away penalties as a result of the intense physicality of the match. This was not a match for the faint-hearted and approching half time Hemel had a 2-0 lead although they had squandered a number of scoring chances. On the stroke of  half time the South London winger snatched an interception to prevent Hemel scoring and went the length of the field himself to give the visitors a 6-2 half time lead.

Hemel took charge in the second half and when stand off Jamie Hearn dummied his way through to score under the posts to regain the lead for Hemel there was little chance the home side were going to allow the Silverbacks into the game. From then on Hemel were always in control as a result of some varied attacking play that should have produced more points albeit a prolonged torrential downfall during the second half made handling difficult. In the end it was left to prop Aaron Higgs to barge over under the posts to give the Stags an unassailable lead. Higgs ruined his performance soon after when referee Mr Edwards - who had been kept busy all day controlling the players - handed him a red card after an altercation with a Silverbacks player. A final B J Swindells goal completed the scoring.

The Stags now have two weeks off before their next fixture away to the Kiwi-dominated West London  Warriors on June 8.

At Junior League level a large contingent of Hemel players and coaches decamped to Skegness  for the weekend to join 170 other teams in the Leeds Rhinos Festival. Inevitably, the U14's and U16's Blue who had League fixtures to fullfil with understength squads came away without the points against Invica Panthers and Bromley Bengals respectively.

 

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