Destiny in Welwyn's hands as Kilburn win fires them back into promotion frame
PUBLISHED: 09:35 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:41 20 February 2018
Welwyn hold their promotion dreams in the palm of their hand according to head coach Gareth Hughes after a "fantastic team performance" helped the Hobbs Way rugby club to a 34-7 win over Kilburn Cosmos.
It leaves them third in the London North West Three table, seven points behind league leaders Grasshoppers but just one adrift of Hertfordshire rivals Stevenage Town in the final promotion spot.
And with the remaining fixtures seeming to favour them, Hughes believes they could still have a positive end to the season.
He said: “We’ve got five games left and we’ve played all the top teams so our destiny is in our hands. If we can win them we’ll be in a really good place.”
Saturday’s win against one of the division’s form sides ended a run of three narrow defeats, with just a combined score of eight edging Welwyn out.
And Hughes was delighted with the response.
He said: “It was fantastic, just a really good team performance.
“Our set-piece was magnificent. The line-outs were really good and it was a really pleasing after two disappointing results.
“It’s small margins. We are very good with ball in hand and very good at attacking but sometimes we have to rein that in.
“Our mistakes have cost us in the last two games so its really pleasing that we’re back on track.
“Defensively we were fantastic. Kilburn are a very good side, good in the midfield with some very good ball carriers but we just trusted our defence. And at turnover ball we were ruthless.”
Welwyn drew first blood when Will Freeston got the final touch at the back of a maul.
And a second try scored by Rob Picken, who bounced through a number of would-be tacklers on his way to the line, and converted by Rory Harcourt gave Welwyn a 12-0 half-time lead.
Kilburn caught Welwyn cold moments after the restart but any comeback was soon nipped in the bud as the hosts took control.
The Cosmos still had chances, one final pass just drifting forwards prevented another try, but Welwyn slowly drew clear.
Harcourt kicked a penalty and added another conversion after Dave Wells picked up and crashed over from a five-metre scrum.
Cameron Patey was on the end of another forward dominated drive to bring up the bonus point and Harry Gillespie’s converted try on the final play added the exclamation point.