Hemel Hempstead Camelot 30 St Albans 28
The Hemel Camelot first XI recorded their sixth consecutive win as they edged past local rivals St Albans at Chaulden Lane.
Hemel started the game well and took the lead after just five minutes when Carl Buckingham fed Aled Gamble to score, with Richard Woodard adding the conversion.
St Albans responded strongly, though, and got back on level terms with a converted try of their own, before going over again to make it 12-7.
Hemel were struggling to control the St Albans pack, and their troubles were compounded when the visitors drove over the line to extend their lead to 19-7.
Both teams then exchanged penalties, before Hemel’s Connor Herlihy took a quick tap penalty, which was converted to make the score 22-17 to St Albans at half-time.
Hemel started the second half with a lot more focus and, within five minutes of the restart, replacement Mike Green crashed over to level the scores at 22-22.
The Hemel team were in the ascendancy and took advantage of a yellow card for a St Albans player as Charlie Richards (pictured) crossed the line for a deserved try to give the home side the lead at 27-22.
With the game pulsating from end to end, two penalties regained the lead for St Albans, but Daniel O’Brien proved to be the Camelot saviour as he kicked a penalty of his own to secure the win for his side.