Stags sparkle to end an unbeaten November in style
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Huntingdon completed an unbeaten month with the help of their finest try of the season so far.
Stags swept to a 34-14 success against struggling Matlock at the Racecourse last Saturday – a third Midlands Division One East victory during a memorable November which also included a creditable away draw at Kettering, where they led until the final play of the game.
Young prospect Dylan Leney touched down to complete a slick, length-of-the-field move which provided the perfect start in their latest outing and left head coach Damien Whales drooling.
He liked much of what he saw during a powerful performance which also included two James Thorp tries and scores from JJ Ward and Jack Skidmore.
Dan Malem successfully converted three of Stags’ five tries and also guided over a penalty.
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The four-game unbeaten run leaves Whales’ men in fifth position in the standings with home games against the bottom two teams in the division looming large on the horizon.
Whales said: “We started the game with what is unquestionably our best try of the season so far - and probably one of the best from a Huntingdon team in recent years.
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“It was a genuinely good move full of great handling and it really gave the guys confidence.
“We had four tries on the board and a bonus point in the bag within half-an-hour and it turned into a very comfortable win.
“I’m delighted with our league position given the number of away games we’ve faced and the number of injuries we’ve suffered.
“This is the point in the season where things should start to turn around in our favour.
“We’ll gradually be getting players back and we have a lot of home games ahead.
“There will be something wrong if we can’t improve on our current position and be more successful in the second half of the season.”
Whales described the performance of full-back Billy Bates as ‘outstanding’ against Matlock while dubbing the displays of second row Wayne Bradley and loose-head prop Matthew Davies-Binge as ‘immense’.
He’ll be hoping his team can carry their fine form into December when entertaining second-bottom Newark at the Racecourse this Saturday (2.15pm) before playing host to rock-bottom Old Laurentians on December 19.
Those two games sandwich a tough trip to title contenders Newbold-on-Avon on December 12.