All aboard the party bus as Hammersmith & Fulham are latest to fall to impressive Welwyn
PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 October 2018
Welwyn's superb start to the season continued with a 31-20 win away to Hammersmith & Fulham.
The maroons have revelled in their time back in London North West Two after last year’s promotion with this fine five-try success making it four wins and a draw in their opening six games, a run that has lifted them into second in the standings, level on points with leaders Belsize Park.
The game, already special due to it being Dan Comben’s 50th first-team appearance, was also the first win for Welwyn in west London.
It didn’t start that well though with Hammersmith dominating the opening 20 minutes with some skilful offloading and hard running.
Welwyn also lost the talented Josh Milton to a head injury yet all the hosts could muster in that period was an unconverted try and a solitary penalty.
And once Welwyn got their game plan into gear, they started to turn the tables.
Centre Vitaia Kawea showed his class by spotting a gap around the fringes and darting under the posts for a try converted by Chris Kemp and with their tails up Harry Gillespie floated a perfect pass out to Dave Fennell on the right wing to put them ahead.
The lead was short-lived as another unconverted try gave the hosts a 13-12 lead at the break.
But this Welwyn team are made of sterner stuff and came back strongly to score two tries.
The first was Fennell’s second of the game, Ben Osgood providing the pass, and the second came five minutes later, Gillespie capitalising after Welwyn had turned the ball over just short of the Hammersmith line.
The hosts kept plugging away and a converted try pulled them within reach again but Phil Grehan ensured it would be a happy bus ride home with the final score with 15 minutes remaining.
Head coach Gareth Hughes said: “We have worked hard on defence this year and this was needed as H&F threw everything at us late on.
“But it was a high quality game played in good spirit by two committed and skilful sides and we showed real character.”
Next up for Welwyn is a home game with Hackney on Saturday.