Datchworth leap back into London 3NW top four contention with Grasshoppers victory
PUBLISHED: 16:01 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:01 16 February 2016
Datchworth made it two league wins on the spin after running out victorious against Grasshoppers on Saturday.
The first half, not one for the spectators, saw only one bit of action in an otherwise lacklustre 40 minutes that was dominated by the boot.
Full back Joe Richardson, who had a very impressive game, got the score, evading four tackles to touch down under the posts.
Scrum half Tom Wood added the extras, though unfortunately that was his only successful kick of the day.
The second half was much better to watch. The feeling around the ground was always that the first try of the second half would be crucial to the outcome of the match and it was Datchworth that scored it.
Having soaked up a 10-minute period of pressure from the visitors, with the second rows particularly imposing, Datchworth scored.
Grasshoppers were actually in control of the ball in the midfield though wing Matt Blackwell spotted an interception, grabbed it and using his absolutely rapid pace sprinted 50 metres under the posts unchallenged.
Following the second try, strong pressure from scrum-time saw Datchworth move into the opposition five, the ball was then passed wide for centre Matt Winters to get the score.
There was still time for Datchworth to get the fourth. No.8 Henry Mountain literally touched the ball down as the scrum had driven Grasshoppers over their own line.
A solid performance from Datchworth that was only marred by a nose injury to Luke Bennett, a cheap shot after he’d only been on the pitch five minutes.
Saturday sees Datchworth go to Hackney and a win would see them leapfrog them into fourth place.