Defeat for Datchworth on Hackney Marshes

PUBLISHED: 17:07 11 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:07 11 February 2014

Datchworth RFC's Tom Wood

Datchworth RFC's Tom Wood

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Datchworth 1XV travelled to Hackney Marshes to play Old Streetonians on a day when most other games in London 3 North West were cancelled due to the poor weather conditions.

However, they suffered a 15-8 defeat in a game governed by the weather.

As the hosts kicked off the heavens opened and rain poured down for the first 10 minutes making the ball difficult to handle.

Datch struggled with the wet weather, having trained on an artificial surface for the past month, and were making increasing amounts of handling errors handing the advantage to Old Streetonians.

Eventually these errors told and Old Street, sticking to a game plan that was far better suited to the bad weather by keeping the ball tight, broke through the Datch line and went over for the first score of the game.

Datchworth tried to inject some tempo into their game, but again the handling errors were putting them on the back foot.

This, coupled with the fact the hosts were living very close to the off side line without the referee penalising them, meant Datchworth could not link any phases together and eventually a dropped ball gave the home side the opportunity to run through and score the second of the game taking the hosts in 10-0 up at half-time.

From the restart Datchworth seemed to pull themselves together and finally started to link some phases together.

Strong running from the Datch back row made some holes in the home side’s defence. Pressure eventually led to a Datch scrum five metres out from Old Streets’ try line.

A dominant scrum, which won three penalties in a row and really should have led to Old Street’s prop being sent off, eventually saw Stuart Young bundle over to score Datch’s first points. It looked like there was a way back into the game for Datch, but the scrum had to go uncontested taking away their advantage.

This killed the game and the remainder was played out in the centre of the field.

Captain Matt Francis put faith in kicker Tom Wood in the dying minutes to secure a losing bonus point by kicking a penalty and the game finished 15-8.


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