Jan 26 2012 By Tim Street
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RUISLIP will hand former Saracens prop Johnny Masters a maroon shirt again for Saturday's visit of Hammersmith & Fulham following his barnstoring display against Eton Manor on Saturday.
Masters, who played in the front row of the current Premiership champions' scrum a decade ago, currently coaches the colts at Ruislip.
He was thrown into the fray to face Eton Manor due to injuries elsewhere and added some much-needed experience to the side.
Masters was also unlucky enough to have a try chalked off, due to the referee being unsighted, with Ruislip leading 7-3 through a Dan Porter try, converted by Joe Matthams.
However, the maroons were trailing 8-7 by half time, and received a further blow when Matthams, whose last action was to kick a penalty after the interval, suffered a broken ankle which will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.
Even with all that ill fortune, Ruislip, having scored another try through Antonio Trofa, still led 15-13 with five minutes to go, but went down 16-15 to the last of three second half penalties they conceded to what head of senior rugby Paul Flynn called 'silly infringements'.
Flynn added: “It was the best rugby we played all season, and we had 80 per cent of the possession, so we were definitely unlucky to lose.
“We had a minute's silence beforehand for club stalwart Tony Beadle, who passed away a couple of weeks ago, and we put in a performance for him to be proud of – we just didn't get the result to match it.
“However, we got the bonus point, and this division is so tight that another bonus point win would take us into the top five. And if we beat Hammersmith & Fulham on Saturday, we won't have any relegation worries.”
Elsewhere, neither promotion-chasing Uxbridge or relegation-haunted Ickenham were in action in Herts/Middx Two on Saturday, but Old Abbotstonians were, and they moved to within a point of Royston in mid-table with a 30-23 win at the Cambridgeshire side.