A nail-biting finish to the season as Camelot Academy take it down to the wire


The Hemel Camelot Academy side have ensured that the league will go down to the wire after sharing a 15-15 draw with title rivals Barnet in their final fixture of the campaign.

Before the game both Barnet and Camelot had won all of their fixtures so the result of the clash effectively decided who won the league.

But the draw means that Barnet now need to win their two remaining fixtures to have any chance of taking the crown.

Should they do that, it will all come down to bonus points and points difference to decide the league champions.

The clash between the two sides at Chaulden Lane was a predictably tight affair, although Camelot attacked from the off without managing to turn their possession into a try.

It was a tough call for captain Alex Nunn to decide to kick for points when Camelot were awarded a penalty, but Chris Bauldreay stepped up and scored the three points.

Barnet soon matched this with a penalty kick of their own to level the scores, and a minor skirmish followed – resulting in a visit to the sin bin for Hemel’s Finn Bannon.

Barnet capitalised on their numerical advantage by scoring two tries, converting one of these to go in with a commanding 15-3 lead at half-time.

Back to 15 men, Camelot came out fighting after the interval and were on the attack for most of the second half.

A superb try was scored by scrum-half Ryan Olliffe, converted by Bauldreay.

Soon afterwards, Bauldreay launched a superb kick up-field which was latched on to by Rob Veall to touch down. The conversion whistled narrowly wide, though, and the scores remained level at 15-15.

Some scrappy play followed with both teams desperate to score the winning points.

Just before time Camelot were awarded a penalty and Bauldreay stepped up to take it - but the difficult kick dropped just short of the posts to ensure the game finished all square.