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Cambridge unable to go out with a bang after defeat to Rams in National League One

Darryl Veenendaal touched down for Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Darryl Veenendaal touched down for Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge signed off the National League One season with a 45-7 defeat at Rams.

Richie Williams’ side headed to Berkshire eager to make amends for defeat to the Rams on the opening day of the season at home, and avoid any team doing the double over them this year.

But it was not meant to be as the Rams proved too strong.

Connor Hayhow got things started for the hosts after 12 minutes, and they doubled their lead through Henry Bird, with Steffan James landing both conversions, to make it 14-0 at half time.

Skipper Tom Vooght grabbed his 14th try of the season at the start of the second half, and Hayhow added his second for the bonus-point winning fourth try to make it 28-0.

There was hope when scrum-half Darryl Veenendaal ended his time in a Cambridge shirt with a touch down, which Joe Tarrant converted.

But Ollie Monye got his first Rams’ try, James landed a penalty and Hayhow completed his second hat-trick of the season to secure the victory for the hosts.

It was not to be for Cambridge, but it did not detract from what has been a hugely successful campaign which has seen them finish fourth in the table.

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