|Date||21 October 2017|
|Venue||Bank of England Sports Centre|
|Result||W 38 - 24|
|Time played||Normal time|
After the disappointment of an early cup exit the Bank quickly switched their attention back to league matters. The home side welcomed Staines RFC to Bank Lane who had also enjoyed a strong start to the season
In distinctly autumnal conditions the away side started brightly boasting a sizeable pack coupled with a solid set piece they were able to expose Banks fragile maul defence, leading to their tight head rumbling over from close range to make it 7-0 to the visitors.
In true Bank fashion the home side responded well to conceding early and were able to exploit some narrow defending, with Will Powles adding to his season tally to make 8 tries from the first 6 games. Bank then made it two in two minutes following a superb break from scrum half James Marshall at the back of the line out which was well finished off by the supporting Mike Plant, 12-5 to the Bank.
This marked a period of dominance for the home side thanks to some superb defensive work at the line out by Phil Johnson and some strong carrying by No. 8 Harvey Brewin, who broke through the then tiring Staines defensive to put Dan Farr in for a simple finish, 19-5 to the home side.
Some ill discipline at the scrum time enabled Staines to claw their way back in to the game through the trusty boot of their No. 13 which was followed in quick succession by a push over try from 5 meters out to close the gap to 19-15 at half time.
Bank reacted well to the half time team talk and Dan Farr was able to finish a brilliantly executed solo chip and chase from inside his own half to extend the lead to 24-15.
Despite the introduction of Shaun Pollock to the front row Staines picked up where they left off in the first half and a dominant pack barrelled over from close range to cut the gap again to 24-21.
The introduction of Dan Scothern at scrum half immediately sparked Banks backline in to life and following some good field position gained through some clever kicking the Banks tight five were able to flex their own muscles which lead to Phil Johnson crashing over under the sticks, 32-21 to the home side.
Jonny Dale’s return from injury was short lived as he and the Staines hooker were both sin binned for an off the ball incident which left both sides with 14 men as we approached the final quarter of the match. The away side were then reduced to 13 men following more ill discipline at the ruck.
As the game began to open up Bank were able to put the match to bed following a superb individual break from outside centre Mark Hutchinson who set up the well deserved man of the match Phil Johnson for his second of the game.
There was one last chance for the Hadley/Waite romance to combine for a near perfect tackle and steal which concluding proceedings. Full Time Bank 38 Staines 24.
Plenty to work on for the unbeaten table toppers who travel to Hendon RFC next week in what promises to be yet another bruising encounter.