Camelot fight back to pick up bonus point win in London

Colin Campbell in action for Hemel Camelot
Colin Campbell in action for Hemel Camelot

London Nigerians 24
Hemel Camelot 37

Hemel Hempstead Camelot moved up to second spot in the London NW2 league after a scrappy win away at London Nigerians.

Hemel were feeling in confident mood on the back of their two previous victoriess, but found themselves behind within 5 minutes of the kick-off.

This seemed to galvanize Hemel and they started to find some continuity in their play. A neat catch and drive forced the home team to try and collapse the drive and Hemel were awarded a penalty try to level the scores after 15 minutes.

Nigerians regained the lead, but Camelot hit back again as Connor Herlihy profited from a well-worked line-out to cut the hosts’ lead to 14-12 at half-time.

Two quick tries at the second half gave Nigerians a 24-12 lead, and things went from bad to worse for Hemel as a man was sin-binned.

That only seemed to spurr the visitors on, howeverm and man of the match Ryan Doyle crossed the line to reduce the arrears to 24-15.

Almost immediately after the restart, Nick Merritt crossed in the corner to bring the margin of difference to just two points, before a penalty gave Hemel the lead for the first time at 25-24.

A further three tries from George Adams, Aled Gamble and Flannery saw Hemel pick up winning bonus points and finish the game 24-37 victors.

Next up for Hemel is a home clash with UCS Old Boys on the Saturday, November 17.