First half blast sees Stevenage Town to Tankard success against Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 15:14 30 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 02 May 2017

Stevenage Town V Welwyn - Callum Torney in action for Welwyn.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Town V Welwyn - Callum Torney in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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A three-try blast in the first 30 minutes was enough to give Stevenage Town a 36-7 win over Welwyn at Allianz Park and take the Herts Presidents’ Tankard.

And although Welwyn made things uncomfortable for them in the second half, they hung on to go one better than last year when they were runners up to Datchworth.

A brace from Gareth Lewis plus one each for Adam Amos, David Bamber and Ian Crompton did the damage.

Liam Schofield’s try in the corner and Harry Di-Lieto’s superb conversion at the start of the second period had threatened a comeback for Welwyn, who were in an unfamiliar navy blue and white strip.

Central to Stevenage’s win was Dane Edge.

The fly-half was in fine form with the boot, kicking four conversions and a penalty, but it was his prompting in the midfield that allowed his backs to open up and play with freedom.

Injuries hampered Welwyn but their biggest problem was coughing up the ball at key times far too often. Had they taken some of them, it would have been much closer.

Stevenage started much the better and after one good run from Ian Crompton took them close, Amos slipped through a tackle for the first try.

The second came moments later as the forwards queued up to finish off a move on the right wing.

Lewis’s first came after good interplay between Edge and Crompton and a lovely reverse pass from the latter.

Welwyn slowly got back into it as the half close thanks to good running from Aaron Chandler and Phil Grehan and they could have scored right at the death but for a forward pass with a three-man overlap.

However, they kept things going in the second period and got their score through Schofield.

At this stage Stevenage were rattled and, with Chris Kemp’s positional kicking and the scrum on top, Welwyn sensed a comeback.

But with Stevenage’s first sustained bit of pressure in the second half, Lewis slipped in on the outside of the Welwyn defence to stop any nerves.

From that point there was little between the two sides.

But Stevenage would have the final word and Crompton got a deserved score in the final minute with a beautifully angled run.

Welwyn: Freeston, Solez, Atkinson, Burns, Maxwell, Le Baige, Milton, Picken, A.Harcourt, Torney, Chandler, R.Harcourt, Grehan, Ashcroft. Di-Lieto

Replacements: Kemp, Schofield, Lewis, Patey

Tries: Ashcroft 47

Conversions: Di-Lieto 47

Penalties:

Stevenage: Bamber, McGrath, Bamber, Amos, R.Penney, Phillip, Van Zeiten, Quarmby, Malins, Edge, Wilson, Lewis, Crompton, Thomas, S.Penney

Replacements: Banna, Moore, Mitchell, Outram

Tries: Amos 10, Bamber 14, Lewis 33, 62, Crompton 79

Conversions: Edge 10, 14, 33, 79

Penalties: Edge 27

Referee: James Pidding

HT: Welwyn 0 Stevenage Town 24

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