Debutant bags try as Datchworth extend winning London Three North West run

PUBLISHED: 14:46 03 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 03 February 2017

Brunton carries the ball

Brunton carries the ball

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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.

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