Mills leads the way as Datchworth eradicate Staines

PUBLISHED: 16:49 13 January 2017

Celebrations for Datchworth No.14 after scoring

Celebrations for Datchworth No.14 after scoring

Melissa Page Photography 2016

Richard Mills scored 26 points as Datchworth started the new year with a 31-15 bonus point win over Staines.

With several faces returning from injury, including talismanic captain Nick Gudgin, Datchworth couldn’t wait to start the new year.

They scored early, No 8 John Scarratt barracking through the midfield ably supported by Alex Nolan.

While Nolan was held up short, full-back Mills was on hand to collect and score his first try of the afternoon.

He soon followed up with a second, skinning the opposition winger for pace and having converted the first from out wide, converted the second and Datchworth were 14-0 up.

The hosts then made a few sloppy errors and Staines retrieved the loose ball and bundled over in the corner.

They couldn’t convert, though they did add a penalty to bring the score to 14-8.

On the 32nd minute it was time for try of the match.

Wing Geoff Clapp passed to Mills who chipped the opposition winger, before nutmegging the full-back, collecting and sidestepping one more - and he was then over the line for his hat-trick with an outrageous try.

Unfortunately he couldn’t add the extras.

There was still time before the half ended for Datchworth to score the bonus-point try.

Fly-half Tom Bennett ran in circles a few times, though managed to avoid two tackles and dart under the posts to make it 24-3.

Mills couldn’t add the extras, it seemed he could only convert the harder kicks.

Staines came out for the second half with renewed energy though couldn’t make their pressure tell.

They then went down to 14 for 10 minutes when their flanker put a late hit in on the Datchworth scrum-half Tom Wood.

Five minutes later Datchworth’s Nick Holland stole a ball against the head in the line-out.

The ball found its way in to the hands of Mills who scored his fourth try and added the extras from the touchline.

Changes then ensued as the festive season started to take its toll on the Datchworth players.

There was still time for a late Staines try, however Datchworth can be happy with their five-point win.

Saturday sees Datchworth travel to Kilburn Cosmos for a 2pm kick off.

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