Jan 27 2010 Harrow Observer
HARROW U15s cut Middlesex Herts Division One leaders Bishop Stortford down to size with a 21-10 triumph at Wood Lane last Sunday.
Harrow stunned the previously unbeaten visitors with a first-minute breakaway try from centre Zech Knight but the Hertfordshire side, fielding 14 county capped players, were soon on the offensive and a sustained 10-minute spell of pressure ended with an equalising try.
Harrow fought back and went over shortly afterwards only for the referee to deem the player had been held up on the line.
Despite losing second row Brody Gates with a cracked rib the Harrow forwards raised their game and began to force errors from the powerful and experienced Stortford pack.
Just before half time the Stortford forwards were caught handling the ball in the ruck and full-back Ben Murray slotted over the penalty from 35 metres to give Harrow an 8-5 advantage at the break.
Murray was successful with another penalty early in the second half but a Stortford try moments later reduced the gap to just a point.
The leaders could not break the resolute Harrow defence and it was the hosts that cemented victory when wingers PJ Harriott and Olly Sheahan crossed late in the game.
Harrow's next home league game is against Old Albanians on March 7.