Luton RFC bag first win

Tom Mahendren - pic: Ian Nancollas
Tom Mahendren - pic: Ian Nancollas

Luton enjoyed an impressive 30-24 win over Letchworth Garden City at Newlands Road on Saturday to record their first London One North victory on Saturday.

The hosts were without centre Steve Ellis who completed his move to the Bedford Blues, and looked to build on last week’s 24-24 draw withRomford and Gidea Park.

Rik Hobbs opened the scoring, converting a penalty for an offside offence in just the second minute.

Letchworth had an opportunity to level but Tom Ansell’s effort was struck wide. Hobbs followed up with a second successful penalty kick before City’s Tee Gurure slammed home a try.

Gurure wasted no time in scoring his second try in the 18th minute as Tom Ansell scored the conversion, taking Letchworth 12-6 ahead.

In the 24th minute, Hobbs’ penalty smashed off the post, but soon afterwards, Letchworth’s Luke Mongston was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous challenge and Chris Davies temporarily required medical attention following a collision.

After some tidy play in the 37th minute from Luton’s Chris Thompson he found space and buried the third try.

Hobbs converted edging the home side 13-12 in front going into the break.

The second half saw the home side take full advantage of Letchworth’s complacency.

Davies touched down home a try in the 45th minute before both teams decided to bring on some fresh legs.

Captain Tom Mahendran got on the score sheet with a wonderful try extending Luton’s lead to 23-12.

Tesh Edwards robustly smashed through the opposition’s back line giving Luton a comfortable lead and ensuring a bonus point.

Kyle Hughes and Gurure grabbed tries for Letchworth making the score 30-24.

A frantic Luton were able to hang on despite a wave of attacks, as although Mahendran saw yellow in the final 10 minutes, his side held on.

Coach Paul Allen expressed his delight with the triumph.

He said: “I think the easiest thing to do is reflect on the victory as it was a collective effort.

“We stood together which was something perhaps we didn’t do so well against Romford.”

Luton are away to North Walsham this weekend and hope to get a result against a side unbeaten at home last season.