Welwyn ran out comfortable 45-15 winners at Enfield Ignatians in Counties One Herts Middlesex.

The game went ahead despite the cold weather and was well contested, with the hosts putting an early penalty wide of the posts on 15 minutes.

Five minutes later Welwyn had a lineout on the 10m line and an excellent crash through the centre put Enfield on the back foot, before a clever change of direction from Kai Wells at scrum-half saw Jake Reily beat his opposition winger to score in the corner.

Chris Kemp hit the post with the conversion attempt and Enfield replied with a penalty, when Welwyn went offside, and a try after some fine offloading to go 10-5 up.

Welwyn’s scrum again had a good day and were dominant for much of the match and it was from this solid base that Kemp, playing fly-half, made a break and passed inside for Wells to go under the posts for his first try.

Kemp converted to put Welwyn 12-10 up at the break, but Enfield began the second half very strongly and their flanker managed to break the line and run half the length of the pitch to score to make it 15-12.

Welwyn picked up the pace and applied pressure on the Enfield back line from the restart, with a loose Enfield pass intercepted on the 10m line by Wells who sprinted over to score his second try which Kemp converted.

Leading 19-15, Welwyn started to play some very attractive rugby and Dave Wells ran a beautiful line to take a short pass from Kemp and make a break.

He was dragged down in the 22 but Enfield failed to release him and a quick penalty released captain Josh Milton to cross for a try, which Kemp again converted for a 26-15 lead.

Welwyn’s interplay was proving too much for Enfield in this phase of the game and Fin Sutherland made another break, before prop Jed Hunter crashed over from the ensuing ruck for another Kemp-converted try.

Having scored most of their points through excellent open play, Welwyn had a lineout on Enfield’s 22 and a neat move saw a driving maul formed and Milton holding the ball when they went over to score.

The conversion was missed, but as the game drew to a close a neat kick out towards the touchline just cleared the home defence and Jake Rielly picked up the ball to sprint over the line.

Kemp converted to complete the scoring for Welwyn, who host Old Streetonians on Saturday.