RUGBY: Tring maintained their impressive recent run of form with a hard-fought 37-26 victory over CS Rugby 1863.
Trailing 26-25 with 18 minutes left to play, Tring were forced to dig deep and responded with two late tries to secure the win.
It was visitors Tring who opened the scoring through a Nathan Lambden try after five minutes, before Liam Chennells doubled the advantage with another score.
Chennells converted his effort and added a penalty to the Tring tally to put the visitors firmly in control at 15-0.
CS Rugby, though, hit back with a converted try after 17 minutes, and added a second 12 minutes later to reduce the deficit to just three points.
It was Hemel who struck next as last week’s hat-trick hero William Mateai crashed over two minutes before half-time, but the hosts responded almost immediately with a try of their own.
Yellow cards for Tring’s Justin Brown and John Preston followed, but that did not prevent the visitors from extending their lead through another Chennells penalty.
The home side, however, began to increase the pressure on Tring and took the lead for the first time in the game with a converted try.
With little over 15 minutes to go, the game was in the balance, but Tom Newton raced over for Tring before Chennells wrapped up the victory with his second try of the game.