Jon Chinn’s transitional Welwyn RFC on the up

PUBLISHED: 11:54 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 05 November 2015

Josh Kirby for Welwyn

Josh Kirby for Welwyn


It’s been all change at Welwyn RFC since previous coach Ian Matthews led the side to a glorious promotion and Herts Tankard double back in April, but the new man at the helm is slowly warming to the Hobbs Way hot-seat.

Jon Chinn, former coach of St Albans, has seen his side dismantled and re-built on their return to London 2NW following a three-year absence, with the likes of Wayne Child and last season’s captain Grant Keeler exiting the club, while Jono Child and Dave Wells, to name a couple, have missed the majority of the season due to work commitments.

That has allowed some youngsters, notably props Cameron Patey and Dan Corben, to step up to the plate with growing success.

Chinn told the WHT: “We knew it was going to be tough with the issues we have faced in terms of availability and I think we have adapted really well.

“We started with a heavy defeat at Hammersmith & Fulham on the opening day but since then we have shown great resilience and the players have responded to everything I have asked of them.

“Gaps in the first team have given chances to the likes of Cameron, at tighthead, and Dan, who are both just 20, and they have taken to starting roles superbly.

“That’s me just picking out two names because it’s been a real team effort since that rough opener.”

Chinn does not profess to preaching the Kevin Keegan-style ‘you score three, we’ll score four’ approach but Welwyn, currently sixth in the table, have unintentionally taken the mantle of the division’s entertainers this campaign, delivering 40 or more point scorelines as well as securing a bizarre sequence of back-to-back draws in their previous two games against Old Haberdashers and away to rivals Harpenden.

The Welshman believes week-to-week post-match analysis delivered to the players via Facebook is beginning to sink in as Welwyn look to rise up the table and challenge the early pacesetters at the summit, but he is not putting too much pressure on his work-in-progress outfit.

He continued: “As long as we play to our capabilities I can’t ask anymore of the team.

“We won’t set ourselves unrealistic goals because they can be counter-productive. We will just see what happens. What will be will be.”

Welwyn are back in action this Saturday, hosting struggling HAC.

The visitors have won one of their opening five games.

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