Bramley Buffaloes 20 Hemel Stags 34
HEMEL Stags retained top spot in National Conference League 3 on Sunday with a resounding win over Bramley Buffaloes in a tough away fixture.
The visitors started well when Seb Ward scooted over for his first try after four minutes, but the Buffaloes responded with a try of their own. Hemel hooker James Phillips burst through the defence and finished off a fine try, but Bramley reduced the deficit with a try soon afterwards.
At the quarter point in the game, the hosts were ahead 12-10, and both sides had players sent to the sin bin on the half hour mark
On the stroke of half time, Stags talisman Ryan Butcher waltzed through the Buffaloes defence and converted his own try, making the score 16-12 at the interval.
Straight from the kick off to the second period, Stags prop Aiden Pritchard powered his way over and the home side’s heads seemed to drop.
It took until the 65th minute for the visitors to take advantage, Ward posting his second touchdown, before Barry John Swindells went over for another try.
Bramley bagged two further tries of their own as the game reached its closing stages, but Stags held relatively comfortably for the win.