Comfortable bonus-point win has Datchworth looking at a very merry Christmas indeed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2018

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Datchworth are looking to finish 2018 on a high after a convincing victory over Old Merchant Taylors’ moved them to the fringes of the promotion places.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The 30-5 success means they are now third in London Three North West, just one place and one point behind Old Streetonians in second.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's .


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's . Picture: Karyn Haddon

And with two games left before the Christmas break, both against sides in the bottom five of the table, the Men in Green will be looking to break into the top two.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Both sides wanted to play running rugby despite the wet conditions but the early stages saw a number of turnovers.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But the villagers got the first score on 10 minutes, Billy Gatfield crossing the line after good work from Alex Nolan, James Watt and Matt Francis.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The second home try came via pressure from the forwards.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Tom Bennett in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Tom Bennett in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tom Blackwell, Sam McBroom and Francis all carried the ball forward before Sam Brunton switched the play to send Sam Thornton over with an outstretched arm.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Matt Francis in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tom Wood added the extras and then kicked a penalty, awarded for an infringement at the scrum.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Datchworth saw the half out with just 14 men after a yellow card for Ross Merrilees.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - James Watt in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - James Watt in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But he was back for the start of the second half and it wasn’t long after the restart that the hosts had their third try of the day..

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - James Watt in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - James Watt in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Gatfield showed some skill with a not-so-subtle show and go, allowing the backs to make hay and Francis to go over next to the posts. Wood added the conversion for a 22-0 lead.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Tom Blackwell in action for Datchworth. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Tom Blackwell in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

A dropped ball immediately after gave OMT an easy five points but it would prove to be their only score of the contest.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The bonus-point try arrived with 15 minutes to go.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Tom Bennett in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Tom Bennett in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

With OMT on the counter attack, Jake Ebhodaghe made a last-ditch cover tackle on the halfway line to turn over the ball.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's .


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's . Picture: Karyn Haddon

From there slow ball was quickly recycled and after going through a number of hands it arrived to Watt and he finished off from 40 yards.

Datchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Old Merchant Taylor's - Sam McBroom in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

There was still time for one last score for Datchworth, Wood bagging another three points with a penalty, and home fans will have been delighted to see captain Nick Gudgin come on for the last five minutes as he makes his long-awaited return from injury.

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