Datchworth to meet Old Ashmoleans in Trophy final

PUBLISHED: 11:10 30 March 2009 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009

DATCHWORTH will meet fellow London 4NW side Old Ashmoleans in the final of the Herts Presidents Trophy. Thats after the village side defeated Barnet Elizabethans 17-13 in the semi. The final of the Trophy is scheduled for the weekend of April 25-26, at O

DATCHWORTH will meet fellow London 4NW side Old Ashmoleans in the final of the Herts Presidents' Trophy.

Thats after the village side defeated Barnet Elizabethans 17-13 in the semi.

The final of the Trophy is scheduled for the weekend of April 25-26, at Old Merchant Taylors' ground.

First blood went to Barnet as they slotted a penalty kick given away in front of the posts to lead 3-0.

Datchworth struggled for the next few phases to get out of their own half, and any clearances were met with clever return kicks putting them back under pressure.

A Barnet clearance kick was collected by full back Barry Malone, with acres of space in front of him.

He jinked his way into Barnet territory and produced a chip over the defence.

The ball bounced perfectly for Bush and the touchdown was made in the corner.

With the wind against him Tom Wood was unable to convert.

The home side continued to press, with breaks from Chris Marchant, Holgate and Stone, who had played together effectively as a back row so far. Datchworth went into the break 5-3 to the good.

In the second half, from a solid scrum the villagers were once again pushing Barnet backwards until a penalty was given for not releasing.

Finding themselves back on the halfway line, the defensive line, marshalled mostly by inside centre James Watt absorbed the pressure before Stone intercepted a pass and broke through the line.

His offload found Mountain who again muscled through the first few tackles to score the try. Wood added the extras with a well struck kick. 12-3 to Datchworth.

Disaster struck however, as a childish moment from Jae Pearse resulted in him being submitted to the sin bin.

Taking another scrum, Barnet charged onwards, before the scrum half did a vanishing act with the ball, running around the back of his centres to feed the full back.

He helped the winger through for Barnet's first try.

Barnet now had the upper hand - with one man down in the pack scrums were hard work for the home side.

Good defending in the loose helped to fend Barnet off for the next few minutes.

Pearse returned to the pitch, and within seconds Datchworth had been awarded a penalty which he decided to tap and go himself.

With numbers to his left, an uncharacteristic long pass made it to Watt who put wing Tom Nesbitt in for another try.

With minutes remaining, Datchworth were again reduced to 14 as Reid was shown yellow for a dangerous tackle.

This led to another Barnet comeback as they used the overlap and lack of central defence to run the ball in from 20 metres.

Still enough time for Datchworth to be humbled, poor decision making cost Barnet a place in the final.

Datchworth's three man press had thwarted most of the threat all afternoon, yet the visitors still believed there would be a way through.

The home side held on with their reduced playing numbers to eventually record a 17-13 win. Datchworth will now face Old Ashmoleans in what will be a fantastic season finale.

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