Darlington Mowden Park 36 – Hartpury College 27

Hartpury started and finished this game like genuine promotion candidates.  Unfortunately, for sixty minutes in the middle, they were simply not good enough against a strong team which recorded its twelfth successive win. Although there was nothing spared in terms of effort and energy, Hartpury undermined a blistering opening through…

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Preview Week 22: Darlington Mowden Park v Hartpury College

It’s not very often that the side sitting second in the league goes in to a game against the team lying seventh as underdogs.  However, that is arguably the scenario as Hartpury travel to Darlington Mowden Park this weekend. Despite the occasional hiccup on the road, Hartpury have shown themselves…

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Hartpury College 48 – Henley Hawks 16

In the proverbial ‘game of two halves’, Hartpury eventually ran away with this fixture, but 40 minutes of toil before the break had yielded only minimal advantage. The story of this game centred around the conditions but, in hindsight, it could have been so much worse.  Heavy rain, having fallen overnight…

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Preview Week 21: Hartpury College v Henley Hawks

With the season approaching its ‘sharp end’, there are still at least seven teams (arguably as many as 11) of the 16 in National 1 who still need every point in order to achieve their annual objective, be it glory or survival. The result is that virtually every game assumes…

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