Debutant bags try as Datchworth extend winning London Three North West run
PUBLISHED: 14:46 03 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 03 February 2017
Datchworth extended their excellent home London Three North West run with a 27-12 victory over Old Merchant Taylors'.
Having won five of their six home league games this campaign, the Men in Green were in imperious form again and sealed a win that consolidates fifth place.
After a rest week for Datchworth first team, they put out a strong line-out against Old Merchants.
Starting slowly, it was the visitors with the first score, adding the extras.
This seemed to kick the hosts into action and a period of pressure from the home side ensued.
Finding themselves near the line, centre Sam Brunton put in a deft chip and wing James Watt was on hand with a brilliant finish.
Unfortunately full-back Richard Mills couldn’t add the extras from a tough touchline kick.
Datchworth then found themselves down to 14 men for 10 minutes, captain Nick Gudgin seeing yellow after a string of Datchworth penalties.
This however didn’t have too much impact on Datchworth and after a missed penalty from Mills, they scored their second try.
Brunton kicked to touch from a penalty, an Old Merchants man managed to keep the ball from going out of play with a slap down, though Watt was on hand to collect and after slicing through three Taylors’ men, was in for his second try.
In the second half, Mills knocked over a well-taken penalty for Datchworth and the hosts went 15-7 up.
After 10 minutes of attritional rugby and some loose kicking, Taylors found themselves with a three-on-one overlap in their 22.
Thinking they had scored, scrum-half Grant Roe showed some pace and caught the visitors up to make a last-ditch, try-saving tackle.
Mills was on hand to back Roe up and Datchworth saved what seemed a certain try.
OMT’s didn’t let that deter them though and scored next, bringing the score to 15-12.
Datchworth needed to mix it up and bought on youngster Jake Ebhodaghe for his debut in the back row.
Brunton added another to put Datch 22-12 up before they scored their bonus-point try.
Fly-half Tom Wood saw Ebhodaghe in space, spun the ball wide and the debutant put on the after-burners to run in a debut try from 40 metres out, making the score 27-12.
Datchworth are next in action at third-placed Grasshoppers on February 11.