Late bonus point secured but Datchworth beaten at Cosmos
PUBLISHED: 11:45 19 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 19 January 2017
Melissa Page Photography 2016
Datchworth remain in fifth place in London Three North West after an 18-13 bonus-point defeat at Kilburn Cosmos on Saturday.
The match started with high intensity and plenty of crash running from both sides, though it remained scoreless.
After 17 minutes, Datchworth prop Will Williams made a good turnover and Datchworth found themselves with the ball in space.
Datchworth then won a penalty and went for the corner.
Unfortunately, the ensuing line-out wasn’t quite straight and Kilburn were able to clear.
After a further 10 minutes of pressure and a few moments of white-line fever from the Datchworth pack, they finally got on the scoreboard.
A cross-field kick from Sam Brunton found its way to full-back Richard Mills and he touched down to take his tally to five tries in two games, though he couldn’t add the extras.
Kilburn hit straight back, cutting a strong line through the midfield and under the posts for the score.
Then, on the stroke of half-time the hosts scored again. A loose ball was hacked through twice and the Cosmos winger won the foot race as Kilburn went in 12-5 up at half-time.
The immediate score after half-time was going to be crucial and unfortunately for the greens, it was Kilburn that got it.
A chip over the Datchworth line found its way to the Kilburn centre and they took a 19-5 lead.
Datchworth hit back with 10 minutes to go, a driving line-out saw Simons touch down and Datchworth moved within nine points.
The visitors then bombarded the hosts’ line for the last 10 minutes which saw them lose their captain to a red card for a high tackle.
Then, with the last play of the game, Datchworth won a penalty 40 metres out.
Captain Nick Gudgin passed the ball to Mills who coolly slotted over to secure a losing bonus point for the away side.
Datchworth next host Old Merchant Taylors a week on Saturday (January 28), 2pm kick-off.
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