Dramatic end and controversial finish but Welwyn left with just a losing bonus point from Chiswick trip

PUBLISHED: 11:58 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 December 2018

Josh Milton thought he had scored a late winner for Welwyn at Chiswick. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Josh Milton thought he had scored a late winner for Welwyn at Chiswick. Picture: Karyn Haddon


A dramatic end almost saw Welwyn grab an unlikely victory in their top of the table clash at Chiswick.

They were trailing 19-0 going into the last quarter but two tries got them to within a score which they thought they had got in the final minute when Josh Milton went over.

However, the referee was unsighted and couldn’t see the grounding so Chiswick escaped with a 19-14 win.

The opening 20 minutes had done the damage for the hosts with all 19 of the home side’s points coming in this period.

But Welwyn are made of sterner stuff these days and even the loss of Conor Boland to injury didn’t faze them.

A quick tap-penalty brought the visitor’s first, Phil Grehan setting Harry Gillespie away who in turn found Dave Francis, and the same starting point brought the second, Ollie Di-Lieto getting the final touch after a charge from Will Freeston.

Chris Kemp converted both but even though the Welwyn players were convinced Milton had scored, there was to be no third shot at the posts.

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