Finchley have no match for rampant Welwyn who romp to huge win with perfect 10

PUBLISHED: 13:26 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 12 December 2017

Ollie Di-Lieto scored two in Welwyn's 62-0 win over Finchley.

Ollie Di-Lieto scored two in Welwyn's 62-0 win over Finchley.


It was the perfect 10 for Welwyn as they thrashed Finchley 62-0 to keep their London North West Three promotion hopes very much alive.

Will Freeston, Ollie Di Lieto and Dave Wells bagged six of the 10 tries, scoring a brace each, while Josh Milton, Adam Harcourt, Rory Harcourt and Rob Picken added the others.

Rory Harcourt was also successful with six conversions.

The win keeps Welwyn in third as both leaders Grasshoppers, who are two points ahead, and Verulamians, just one above the Hobbs Way-based rugby club, also recorded big victories.

Welwyn’s loose play has been good all season and it was clear early on that if they could sort out their set pieces they would be a difficult team for anyone to play against.

With skipper Freeston throwing into the line-out and a bigger front row starting to compete well in the scrums, Welwyn looked dangerous.

Honours were fairly even for the first 13 minutes but a prolonged period of possession finally brought the opening score with Milton crashing over near to the posts.

Harcourt added the extras and 15 minutes later his brother went over for his own try after cleverly gathering his own grubber kick.

Three scrums in a row just before half-time brought try number three, Freeston getting his first of the afternoon, but any hopes that the interval would disrupt Welwyn’s momentum was soon dispelled.

The hosts were ruthless in the second half and tries from Rory Harcourt, Freeston and Wells saw the game secured and brought the bonus point.

It also allowed Welwyn to cut loose and enjoy themselves.

A great run down the right by Aaron Chandler resulted in a try for Di Lieto and he was on the score sheet again soon after, using a couple of stiff hand-offs to make his way to the line following Milton’s charge forward.

Not to be outdone, Wells showed that he can also still play a bit by galloping down the same right-hand touchline, showing great pace and a mean hand-off of his own to score from within his own half.

Picken scored the final try of the game, crossing virtually unopposed from his favourite distance of five metres.

Scrum-half James Parr took the man of the match award.

Welwyn close out the 2017 part of the season on Saturday with a trip to rivals Datchworth.

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