Camelot see off the old enemy to reach play-offs

Action from Hemel Hempstead Camelot's win over Harpenden.
Action from Hemel Hempstead Camelot's win over Harpenden.

Hemel Hempstead Camelot 36
 Harpenden 17

Hemel Hempstead Camelot secured a play-off position by beating old rivals Harpenden at Chaulden Lane on Saturday.

Not only were bragging rights at stake, but also a trophy in memory of Ian Weed – a former Hemel player and Harpenden coach.

It was Hemel who were on the scoreboard first when some lovely interplay saw Carl Buckingham cross in the corner.

Hemel had Harpenden rocking shortly afterwards as Ryan Doyle crossed the line under the posts and Daniel O’Brien added the extras, extending Hemel’s lead to 12-0.

Shortly after the interval Hemel extended their lead with a superb individual try from Buckingham who collected the ball in his own half and set off on a individual run that saw him beat three covering defenders and side-step the full-back to score under the posts.

Harpenden to their credit still had plenty of fight in them and came up with a cracking try of their own and a penalty that cut the Hemel lead to 19-10.

Hemel seemed to be a little rattled at this point and were further rocked as Harpenden scored another try and conversion to close the gap to 19-17.

That try finally seemed to wake the Camelot players up, however, and they scored three more unanswered through Tom Aitken, Ross Willoughby and a third for Buckingham to wrap up the victory,