Datchworth and St Albans share spoils in thriller

PUBLISHED: 15:43 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 19 April 2016

Datchworth push back a St Albans attack

Datchworth push back a St Albans attack

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A late St Albans score denied Herts Tankard finalists Datchworth a 12th league win of the season at the death in an entertaining affair at Oaklands Lane.

It was the home side that took an early lead as sloppy defending and kick chase led St Albans to running in a try from halfway.

This seemed to kick Datchworth into gear and they scored a try of their own through No.8 Henry Mountain, powering in under the posts to level the score at 7-7 following fly-half Tom Wood’s extras.

St Albans then scored two further tries, well-worked backs moves on both occasions, and a few missed tackles, saw them take a 12-point lead.

Datch, never a team to give up, managed to get a converted try back before half-time. This time winger Richard Mills ducked and dived before going over in the corner.

The second half was much like the first with a further five tries.

Datchworth then levelled through Wood, following an interception to bring it to three tries a piece.

St Albans quickly followed with their fourth to retake the lead and secure the bonus point before the ball found its way to Mountain off a first phase line-out move.

He cut through the home defence and saw Datchworth level up once again.

The visitors then took the lead for the first time, wing James Watt pouncing in the corner, the extras not added.

Just when Datchworth thought they had won the unpredictable match, some lax defending allowed St Albans to get their fifth and the spoils were shared, three points apiece which all in all was the fairest result.

This Saturday sees Datchworth travel to rivals Hitchin, a game that is important to Hitchin as their league status may depend on it.


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