No promotion talk just yet from Datchworth despite Stevenage win as target remains 'the next game'

PUBLISHED: 06:58 05 March 2019

Ian Crompton is held up by three Datchworth players in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ian Crompton is held up by three Datchworth players in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Datchworth skipper Nick Gudgin isn't looking any further than Saturday despite the 20-5 victory over Stevenage Town putting them firmly in the driving seat for promotion from London Three North West.

Nick Moore grapples with Michael Wilson in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOONick Moore grapples with Michael Wilson in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The two teams had gone into the clash at North Road lying second and third in the battle for the second and final promotion position behind runaway leaders London Welsh.

Tom Bennett looks to break through the Stevenage line in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOTom Bennett looks to break through the Stevenage line in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

But even though the defeat has all but ended Town’s challenge, Old Streetonians are just five points behind the Men in Green and very much still in the hunt.

James Young is tackled by Jesse Tipane in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOJames Young is tackled by Jesse Tipane in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

And Gudgin says they have to remain focused on the task in hand.

Phil Pearson keeps an eye on the scrum in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOPhil Pearson keeps an eye on the scrum in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We’ve got some tough games coming up,” he said “but we’re now looking forward to the next game, not the final one.

Datchworth and Stevenage compete at the restart in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth and Stevenage compete at the restart in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We’ve got Finchley at home on Saturday so that’s the focus and we’ll see how it goes.”

Datchworth celebrate a James Watt try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth celebrate a James Watt try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

That’s not to say he wasn’t delighted with the win, secured after tries for Tom Wood, James Watt and James Ebhodaghe, with Wood also kicking a second-half penalty and Sam Brunton slotting over a conversion in the first period.

Wes Moore takes on the Datchworth defence in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOWes Moore takes on the Datchworth defence in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

He said: “It’s fantastic. It’s always good to win a derby but where we are in the league really pushed us on. I really enjoyed it.

Stevenage fans watch on in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOStevenage fans watch on in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

“Our defence won us the game. That’s the best we’ve defended all season.

Datchworth celebrate a James Watt try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth celebrate a James Watt try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

“The energy off and on the ball was key and everybody did their job well.

Datchworth celebrate a James Watt try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth celebrate a James Watt try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

“It was one of those weeks where we’ve done really well.

George Turvey looks to grab a loose ball in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOGeorge Turvey looks to grab a loose ball in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

“There was some great rugby played and they never gave up either, and that made it a good game - a typically fun derby match.”

Tom Wood is tackled by Jesse Tipane after fumbling a pass in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOTom Wood is tackled by Jesse Tipane after fumbling a pass in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stevenage started the brighter and had Datchworth pinned in their own 22 for the opening 15 minutes.

Alex Nolan stands with hands on hips in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Nolan stands with hands on hips in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

But a first push into opposition territory for the visitors saw Stuart Young pick up from the back of a five-metre scrum and pop the ball out to scrum-half Wood who darted through a gap on the blind-side.

Sam Brunton kicks for touch in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOSam Brunton kicks for touch in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

And from there Datch simply grew into the game.

Tom Wood passes off the back of a ruck in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOTom Wood passes off the back of a ruck in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

A series of dynamic surges late in the half, one especially from Alex Nolan, ended up with the ball spun to the opposite flank where Watt was waiting to dot down.

Wes Moore and George Turvey take down Liam Walker in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOWes Moore and George Turvey take down Liam Walker in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

And after waves of pressure after the break, Ebhodaghe went over in the corner.

Gareth Lewis restarts the game in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOGareth Lewis restarts the game in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Gareth Lewis’ try brought a few momentary wobbles of nerves before they were quelled once and for all by Wood’s penalty seven minutes from time.

Datchworth celebrate scoring the first try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth celebrate scoring the first try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ian Crompton holds onto James Young in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOIan Crompton holds onto James Young in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Alex Nolan looks to get past Jesse Tipane in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Nolan looks to get past Jesse Tipane in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Sam Brunton passes to a team mate in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOSam Brunton passes to a team mate in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ian Crompton runs into Sam Brunton and Mark Holgate in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOIan Crompton runs into Sam Brunton and Mark Holgate in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Vincent Kevans is tackled by Tom Balackwell and John Simons in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOVincent Kevans is tackled by Tom Balackwell and John Simons in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Phil Pearson carries the ball into a tackle in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOPhil Pearson carries the ball into a tackle in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Michael Wilson looks dejected in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOMichael Wilson looks dejected in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Datchworth supporters cheer from the sidelines in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth supporters cheer from the sidelines in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

James Young runs at Jesse Tipane and Alex Banna in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOJames Young runs at Jesse Tipane and Alex Banna in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Liam Walker takes on Jesse Tipane and Phil Pearson in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLiam Walker takes on Jesse Tipane and Phil Pearson in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jake Ebhodaghe holds off a challenge from Michael Wilson to score in the corner in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOJake Ebhodaghe holds off a challenge from Michael Wilson to score in the corner in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Datchworth celebrate Jake Ebhodaghe's try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth celebrate Jake Ebhodaghe's try in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jake Ebhodaghe holds off a challenge from Michael Wilson to score in the corner in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOJake Ebhodaghe holds off a challenge from Michael Wilson to score in the corner in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jake Ebhodaghe holds off a challenge from Michael Wilson to score in the corner in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOJake Ebhodaghe holds off a challenge from Michael Wilson to score in the corner in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Nick Moore hurdles a tackle from Gareth Lewis in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOONick Moore hurdles a tackle from Gareth Lewis in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Alex Nolan slips the tackle of Darren Outram in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Nolan slips the tackle of Darren Outram in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Alex Nolan takes on Alex Banna and Darren Outram in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Nolan takes on Alex Banna and Darren Outram in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Andrew Malins passes off the back of a ruck in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOAndrew Malins passes off the back of a ruck in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Vincent Kevans in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOVincent Kevans in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Sam Brunton kicks for goal in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOSam Brunton kicks for goal in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Datchworth supporters on the touchline in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth supporters on the touchline in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Datchworth supporters on the touchline in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOODatchworth supporters on the touchline in the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Neil Metcalfe casts an expert eye over the proceedings at the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOONeil Metcalfe casts an expert eye over the proceedings at the match between Stevenage Town v Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

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