Cosmos collapses on Datchworth as two very late tries hand victory to Kilburn

PUBLISHED: 15:59 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:10 27 November 2017

Datchworth let a lead slip late on against Kilburn Cosmos. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Datchworth let a lead slip late on against Kilburn Cosmos. Picture: KARYN HADDON


Two tries in the final two minutes of the game saw Datchworth snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Kilburn Cosmos left the village with a 17-10 win in London North West Three.

The Greens had taken a 10-5 lead going into the stretch as they looked to carry their cup form into their league campaign.

But with two minutes of time remaining, pressure from the Londoners took its toll and their number eight went over for his second try.

A 10-10 draw seemed for some to be a fair reflection of the game but there was a sting in the tail.

With Datchworth on the attack, the ball was lost in contact and Kilburn exploited the gaps in the home defence to charge upfield and score under the posts.

The conversion was the last action of the game.

Datchworth had started the match the stronger of the two sides, immediately rumbling upfield and camping out in the visitors’ 22.

But for the majority of the first half the teams exchanged blows on halfway.

Kilburn looked to target the fringes and midfield with Datchworth trying to spread the ball wide.

When either side looked to make a breakthrough possession was soon lost in contact and the clearance kick duly made.

Kilburn did have a shot at goal from a penalty in front of the posts but somehow the kick was sliced wide.

They did open the scoring though when a Datchworth kick to touch found only the hands of the Cosmos’ full-back and after finally being caught, the eight picked up and went over.

Datchworth got their first points shortly after the restart to take the lead.

Having earned themselves a five-metre scrum, the front row held fast giving Matt Francis clean ball to make his break.

He took his man but rolled out of contact, making space for himself to get over the line.

Richard Mills was on target with the conversion to give them a 7-5 lead.

Mills added a penalty minutes later, and Datchworth rang the changes to close out the game but it wasn’t enough.

Datchworth now have a week off but will be looking to make amends when they visit Cheshunt, the side directly below them in the league on December 9.

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