Finsbury Park look to build momentum in Junior Vase clash

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 October 2018

Finsbury Park RFC huddle (Pic: Finsbury Park)

Finsbury Park RFC huddle (Pic: Finsbury Park)


Finsbury Park will look to continue building momentum following their strong start to the season when they face Writtle Wanderers in the Junior Vase this weekend.

Coach Gareth Chapman and his side will welcome the Essex League Division One side to Downhills Park as they look to progress into the next round of the competition and continue their unbeaten streak.

Park currently sit top of the Herts/Middlesex One table after winning all five of their matches so far this campaign after being promoted last term.

Their latest victory was a 46-3 win against basement club Actonians at Downhills last weekend.

The first half kicked off and Park were immediately put under pressure by some strong and structured running from Actonians.

Every half-chance for Finsbury looked dangerous, but handling in difficult conditions and some poor discipline meant they found themselves camped in their own 22 repelling wave after wave of one-off runners.

After a good 10-minute barrage by Actonians on the Finsbury Park line, poor discipline led to a penalty which was duly kicked by the visitors to make it 3-0.

It was the first time this year that Finsbury Park was behind on the scoreboard, but with some strong, structured play the home side soon found themselves down in the opposition 22.

And having been awarded a penalty, Evan Gwilliam went against his natural attacking instincts and handed the kicking tee to Ed Morden who slotted between the posts to get Park back on level terms.

Morgan Carter-Toncy then put Victor Sanchez Tarret through to score Park’s first try and give them an 8-3 lead.

Finsbury Park’s second row Sam Parkes stretched their lead to 15-3 soon after as he picked up a bobbling ball, before diving over to score near the posts.

Frazer Findlander waltzed through their defence to dot down and make it 22-3 heading into the break.

Patrick Joyce then crossed the line, with Ed Morden adding the extras, and Chaz Dempsey and Carter-Toncy added a converted try each to help seal the 46-3 win.

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