Feb 2 2012 By Tim Street
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COOL as a cucumber teenager George Eastwell bagged a winning conversion with the last kick of the game on his debut for Ruilsip on Saturday.
The maroons were trailing visitors Hammersmith & Fulham 31-24 going into the final minute when Ben Broderick ran in a try to reduce the deficit to a single point.
But Eastwell, an 18 year old promoted from the colts following Joe Matthams' season-ending injury last week, did not have an easy task, kicking from the touchline.
Nevertheless, the youngster nailed the conversion, capping a man of the match performance and securing a bonus point victory for his side.
Club senior manager Paul Flynn said: “George had a superb game on Saturday and more than held his own. We're safe from relegation now, so the rest of the season will be about seeing how high we can finish and bringing some more youngsters through.
“We're a community club which doesn't have the funds to pay its players, so it's all about bringing the colts through for us. We will start another this Saturday, an 18 year old winger called Greg Brayley, who we have been watching in training and looks very sharp.”
Ruislip started slowly against Hammersmith & Fulham and allowed their visitors to cruise into a 20-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes. They came back through tries from Antonio Trofa, Sam Jones and Eastwell, but still found themselves trailing in the dying seconds until Broderick intervened and Eastwell performed his heroics.
Elsewhere, Uxbridge's promotion hopes in Herts/Middx Two suffered a blow with a 29-25 defeat to Kilbirn Cosmos, but they at least got two bonus points.
Trailing 22-10 at half-time, despite a Jamie Flindall try and a conversion and a penalty from Mickey Weymouth, Uxbridge fought back after the break to lead 25-22 through tries from Lewis Edwards, Jamie Dack and Hal Prewett.
Unfortunately, none were converted, allowing Kilburn to sneak back into the lead with two minutes left. Uxbridge launched one last attack, but the hosts cleared from a line-out to take the points, but Uxbridge are still just four points off the promotion places.
Neighbours Old Abbotstonians were not able to do them any favours as they were hammered 88-5 at home by champions-elect Harrow, while at the other end of the table, Ickenham did their survival hopes the world of good with a 17-5 win over Royston.