Icing on the cake for Welwyn as successful season ends with victory over Cheshunt
PUBLISHED: 12:40 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 23 April 2018
Welwyn finished their successful London North West Three season with a 33-21 win away to Cheshunt.
Promotion was already in the bag but Welwyn gave the season that added gloss with this five-try victory.
With Cheshunt safe from relegation also the game definitely had the air of an end-of-season contest but it was still keenly contested and played in a good spirit.
It was Welwyn’s first visit to Cheshunt’s handsome new clubhouse but with their new artificial grass pitch in use for Ladies’ cup finals, the game was played on Cheshunt’s old first-team pitch which was a less than ideal playing surface.
But Welwyn started brightly and were first on the scoreboard when Brad Lack touched down after 13 minutes, Ben Osgood adding the extras.
Four minutes later, Ash Dobney crashed over to extend Welwyn’s lead with Osgood again converting.
But Cheshunt got back into it midway through the half when an interception was returned virtually unopposed.
A home penalty could have brought Cheshunt to within four but somehow the kick from virtually in front of the posts was missed.
And on the stroke of half-time Welwyn made them pay with a third try, Rob Picken benefitting from a well-rehearsed catch and drive from a line-out.
The game continued its fast tempo after the break and after 56 minutes, with the try-line beckoning, Welwyn again threw a loose pass which was gratefully intercepted by Cheshunt who returned it the length of the field.
And almost from the kick-off the hosts took the lead with a third converted try.
However, much to the relief of the travelling Welwyn faithful, the remaining 20 minutes of the game were largely dominated by the maroon and whites, and two further tries saw them comfortably home.
Lack scored his second of the match, which Ben Osgood converted superbly from the touchline, and with Welwyn’s scrum dominating, a series of penalties eventually brought two yellow cards for Cheshunt forwards.
And Welwyn took full advantage of their numerical superiority with Picken getting his second after a gallop from 10 metres.
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