A dominant home tournament display from the London RHC National Division 1 squad earned them all 12 points at the weekend and a giant step closer to the Premier League! On Sunday 13th March the Manchester, Maidstone, Project 2016 and Herne Bay teams travelled to the Lions Community Centre to face the top of the table side looking to seal promotion in their inaugural season.
London started their day against one of their closest rivals Manchester, the previous match between the two sides ended in a 3-3 draw. With London keen to take the initiative early in the game, 2 quick goals settled the team as London began to assert their dominance. Manchester managed to pull one back before London slotted home another two before the break. With London controlling their possession game into the second half they controlled the match to the final whistle earning them their first 3 points of the day.
The second game of the day for London was against Maidstone, another title contender. The match was very close with Maidstone playing a tight defence looking to exploit the counter attack. London got the scoreboard moving first with a well worked team goal but Maidstone struck back after some patient play. The game moved backwards and forwards before London started to take control snatching another to take a 2-1 lead. With only seconds of the first half remaining Maidstone grabbed an equaliser taking the teams level into the break. The second half was tense with both sides squandering opportunities but with 5 minutes to go London found the winner and held possession until the end of the game earning them another victory.
London’s third game was against the well organised Project 2016 team. London controlled the match from the start, restricting Project’s opportunities on the London goal and starving them of possession. 2 first half goals followed by a further 3 in the second half saw London run out 5-0 winners and a well earned clean sheet too.
The final game of the day for London was against Herne Bay. Again London controlled the match enjoying the lion share of possession and regularly adding to the scoreboard. London played their system very well and converted some excellent team goals to run out eventual 8-1 winners. A dominant performance to round of a perfect 12 point day for the team.
With just one tournament left to play for London, one more win will crown them champions!
Well done to all players and staff involved and a special thank you must go to the parents of the Project 2016 who helped out with the timekeeping on the day!