Datchworth register rare league triumph

PUBLISHED: 17:46 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

London Three North West Datchworth 18 London New Zealand 0 DATCHWORTH beat London New Zealand 18-0 on Saturday for a rare London Three North West victory this season. It was only the relegated village side s third league success of an otherwise miserable

London Three North West

Datchworth 18 London New Zealand 0

DATCHWORTH beat London New Zealand 18-0 on Saturday for a rare London Three North West victory this season.

It was only the relegated village side's third league success of an otherwise miserable campaign.

The game was played in conditions far from ideal with the wind and rain not letting up.

Datchworth utilised the weather by keeping the ball compact and played tight throughout the 80 minutes.

With continuous pressure from the off, it wasn't long before Datchworth had their first points on the board.

After the forwards had made slow but steady ground up the hill, the backs saw the opportunity to play quick ball for Danny Horne to score a try under the posts.

The subsequent two points were added by Alan Cartmell to the delight of the home crowd.

The first half ended with Datchworth only 7-0 up, despite their dominance.

The second half, however, saw the villagers playing downhill and with the wind at their backs.

The Kiwis started to loose their discipline after the break and New Zealanders received both yellow and red cards.

The visitors started to give away penalties and Cartmell stepped up and secured another three points for Datchworth after some more illegal defending by the London side.

With a 10-0 lead, Datchworth started to think more creatively and with the forwards rucking well and making some serious yardage, the backs were able to attack the fringes.

It was through such play that the ball passed through a number of hands to substitute winger Chris Essam, who raced to the line and put the ball down in the corner to secure the villagers another five points.

Despite missing the conversion, Datchworth had victory in their sights and the result was confirmed when young talent Tom Wood kicked a drop goal from in front of the posts to make it 18-0.

The entire Datchworth outfit played well throughout the 80 minutes and in particular at the scrum and lineout.

Special credit must go to Rob Botterman who was solid throughout and led the pack superbly.

Prop Andrew Lloyd made his 1st XV debut in style, causing the opposition constant trouble at the scrums and has clearly made himself a contender for a first team shirt in the long run.

Despite some people regarding this victory as too little, too late, those watching could see how creative Datchworth can be in attack.

Datchworth are going through a major transitional period but the young talent coming through is clear for all to see.


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