Jan 31 2013 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
Old Actonians 19
HARROW’s magnificent winning run was ended by hard-working Old Actonians at the weekend.
Chris West’s boys had chalked up 11 victories on the spin prior to Saturday’s stalemate with Actonians.
That run has put them top of Herts/Middx One, but they wasted the opportunity to pile the pressure on the chasing pack.
Closest rivals Old Merchant Taylors’ and Hackney both saw their games fall victim to the weather, but Harrow could only add two points to their total in difficult conditions.
“It was a game we should’ve won.” said Harrow chairman Andy Smart.
“I think we’ll be kicking ourselves, but we have to give credit to Actonians, who are a good side and worked really hard against us.
“The pitch was very heavy and we didn’t deal with that very well.
“I am disappointed we missed the chance to extend our lead and it is the bonus points that worry me. We’ve got less bonus points than the other teams, so only getting two points on Saturday almost feels like losing the game.”
Harrow were not helped by the absences of star kicker Gary Conroy and the influential Sihaloho Sherman.
But it started well for the visitors who found themselves 10-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to the kicking of Christian Witney and a try from Lee Huggett.
By half-time, Actonians had narrowed the gap to four points, but Harrow put their foot back on the gas after the restart as Witney dispatched another penalty.
Actonians’ faith never wavered against the league leaders and, following some determined and disciplined rugby, the hosts levelled things up at 13 each.
Witney twice kicked again to restore Harrow’s advantage, but each time the home side struck back to grab a deserved share of the spoils against West’s side.
One positive note for Harrow fans was a late run out for Brendan O’Sullivan, returning for the first time since October, as he showed no reaction to his recent injury problems.
O’Sullivan is now ready for first-team selection again but will miss the visit of mid-table Bank of England this weekend, along with five other players, due to other commitments.
Elsewhere, Pinner and Grammarians’ Herts/Middx Two match at Old Grammarians was postponed due to the weather.