Dramatic end brings fine Welwyn victory on the back of a terrific team performance against Harpenden
PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 November 2018
It was their third win from five league games this season but it will be fair to say Welwyn Rugby Club will probably not have enjoyed the others as much as this 38-36 success.
A superb match at home to Harpenden, that had swung one way then the other, looked to be going the way of the visitors when they scored with two minutes to go to lead 36-31.
But on the very last play Welwyn’s Hannah Lloyd found a gap and raced under the sticks to tie the scores.
And a fourth successful conversion from Emma Waddup tipped the scales in Welwyn’s favour.
Charlie White, who is not only the chair of the Hobbs Way-based club but also the manager of the ladies, was naturally delighted at the final whistle.
She said: “It was a great game, fought well between two strong teams who both played through until the end. It was just superb from both sides.
“We both kept going, both kept our heads up and it was bit like tennis, one try after another.
“It was just the way we worked as a team, supporting each other. There’s obviously still stuff to come away with and work on but we will continue to move forward as a team.
“The camaraderie between them all is great.”
Lloyd was the standout performer, her last-gasp effort being her fourth of the day, and she could have had another early on but grounded the ball just the wrong side of the dead-ball line.
However, further Welwyn tries from Chloe Olliffe and Kirstie Gavin capped what was an almost perfect team performance and gives them a perfect base to build on.
White said: “Hannah Lloyd has got some legs on her and when she gets going, she’s hard to stop.
“But it was a team effort and the rest of the girls set her up with the passes and she was off.
“We’re doing alright. We’ve had some new players join the team and we’re always on the look out for new players, whether they’ve played the game before or not.
“We’ve also had girls returning from university and things like that so it’s just nice that we’re building up our numbers.
“It makes such a difference when you’re going to games with a full squad.”
The win moves Welwyn up to second in the Women’s National Conference South East Division Three East table, level on points with St Neots above them.
They are next in action on December 9 at Biggleswade, their last match before Christmas.