Gallery: Welwyn stay up after Bury result
PUBLISHED: 17:37 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:39 26 October 2009
London League Two North Welwyn 29 Bury St Edmunds 21 A FANTASTIC team performance saw Welwyn guarantee their status in London Two North for next season with a win over Bury St Edmunds. Saturday s victory, coupled with a narrow 30-29 defeat for London N
London League Two North
Welwyn 29 Bury St Edmunds 21
A FANTASTIC team performance saw Welwyn guarantee their status in London Two North for next season with a win over Bury St Edmunds.
Saturday's victory, coupled with a narrow 30-29 defeat for London Nigerian against in-form Ruislip, made sure Welwyn ended the season on a positive note, no longer needing a last-day win to ensure survival.
A good crowd, courtesy of the annual vice presidents' lunch, was on the touchline on a gloriously sunny day to give support to a team who have had a mixed season in terms of results, mainly due to injuries and unavailability of players for key matches.
On the attack from the kick-off, Welwyn were awarded a penalty after 10 minutes.
Gareth Hughes slotted over to give the Hobbs Way team an early 3-0 lead.
Sustained pressure from Welwyn, who kept the ball alive through several phases of play, resulted in Grant Keeler diving over the line for a try to give the hosts an 8-0 lead after quarter of an hour.
Bury realised that they were going to have to work hard if they wanted to come away from Hertfordshire with any league points and started competing.
Twenty-five minutes into the game, Welwyn were awarded a penalty in the Suffolk side's half and Gareth Hughes slotted the ball over the posts to give Welwyn an 11-0 lead.
Almost straight from the kick-off, Bury were awarded a penalty to bring the score to 11-3.
From the restart, Bury again stormed into the Welwyn half and second row William Freeston was given a yellow card for deliberately killing the ball close to the line.
This gave Bury another chance to kick for the posts and they duly added the points, bringing the score to 11-6 with about 10 minutes of the half remaining.
Welwyn were promptly awarded a penalty just in the Bury half, which was moved forward 10 metres for back chat to the referee.
Gareth Hughes kicked the three points to give Welwyn a 14-6 advantage.
Play fluctuated between the two halves for about 10 minutes before Gareth Hughes increased Welwyn's lead to 17-6 with another penalty.
Bury had the strong breeze slightly in their favour for the second half and made a lively start, scoring a converted try to bring the score to 17-13 after three minutes.
A chipped ball forward saw Jonathan Child benefit from a rebound and he passed the ball out to Luke Williams to score an unconverted try and give Welwyn a 22-13 lead.
However, Bury were awarded a penalty soon after and narrowed the margin to 22-16.
Gareth Hughes hoisted a high ball which Bury failed to field, allowing Peter Elliott to gather the ball and race over the line to score under the posts.
Fly-half Gareth Hughes obliged with the conversion and Welwyn enjoyed a 29-16 lead with about quarter of an hour of the match to go.
Yet Bury didn't give up and a quick penalty saw their winger scamper over in the corner for a try, which they failed to convert.
Welwyn held on to record a famous victory. No 8 Rob Picken was awarded man of the match for yet another committed performance.
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