Saturday 17th November 2018
It was another sunny cloudless day for the away trip to Hackney Marshes for a match up against high flying Finsbury Park. A deceptively cold breeze whipped across the marshes telling us that despite the blue sky winter is upon us.
Despite another weekend of limited player availability Saracens were still able to field a fairly strong 1st XV. Saracens were first to draw blood, Felix Brassuer gaining possession on the wing, mid way inside our own half. Felix shrugged off a couple of attempted tackles to race clear down the wing with a lone Finsbury Park defender in pursuit, Felix remained ahead of the defender to cross the line to put Saracens 0 – 5 ahead.
Finsbury Park replied with a try of their own to pull the game level 5 – 5. It was then Saracens turn to apply pressure, pinning Finsbury Park in their own 22. A panicked clearance from Finsbury Park was kicked straight into the hands of Sam Conner who grabbed his opportunity to make a run for the try line, his pace beating the despairing dive of the defender, Sam kept his head taking the ball over the line wide on the left, and touching down nearer to the posts to make the kick easier for Michael Scrace, who duly obliged with the conversion. 5 – 12.
Finsbury Park were clearly rattled, Saracens missed a penalty opportunity to stretch the lead before Finsbury Park started to apply pressure on the Saracens line, resulting in a 5 yard scrum to Saracens. The ball squirted out of the side of the scrum on the blind side of the referee, allowing the Finsbury Park scrum half to gain possession to take the ball over the line to score, making it a tied game 12 – 12. A penalty for Finsbury Park just before half time allowed them to take a 15 – 12 half time lead.
Despite the close score line it had been far from a cohesive first half from Saracens. Finsbury Park started the second the stronger, scoring twice to extend the lead to 25 – 12. Saracens fought back applying pressure on Finsbury Park who survived defending on their own goal line. Saracens won an attacking scrum 5m from the line a resulting maul saw Ross Mungavin with the ball and diving for the line the ball ended inches short of the try line.
Another 5 yard attacking scrum saw the ball won and Max crossing the line, unfortunately the play was brought back for a ‘forward pass’, it was not to be Saracens day. The score line remained 25 – 12.
There had been many fine individual performances, however, Saracens did not have the cohesion or fluidity that better attended training session would surely bring.
Updated 22:34 - 20 Nov 2018 by Ian Fear
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