Tabard 25-24 Camelot
Camelot were left cursing their luck as a late Tabard fightback left the Hemel side empty-handed following a pulsating encounter.
Camelot looked to have opened up an unassailable lead with a flurry of second half tries, but a yellow card proved costly as Tabard snatched the unlikely win.
With just five minutes remaining, Hemel held a nine-point advantage and looked set to claim the victory. However, after penning their opponents in for most of the second-half, Camelot perhaps lost concentration and Tabard fly-half Tryfan Edwards broke into Hemel territory.
A penalty was awarded after some strong pressure and Tabard took the line-out – resulting in prop Bill Lake crashing over to cut the deficit to four points.
Virtually from the kick-off, Hemel were penalised with another penalty, and this time it was Tabard’s Andy Hall who profited to touch down and claim the win for his side.
The result was harsh on Hemel, who had demonstrated some exquisite free-flowing rugby at times in the second half.
Ross Willoughby, George Adams and Tom Aitken were the try scorers for Camelot, in a game that they could, and perhaps should, have won.
The side will need to bounce back quickly from the defeat as they take on Harpenden on Saturday.