Opening day victory for Datchworth RFC
PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:00 12 September 2016
Datchworth started the new London 3NW season with a bang claiming a 24-0 win away at Hitchin.
The inaugural match of the league season on Saturday was the exact same fixture that the teams finished with last year.
On a wet and blustery afternoon it was never going to be a high scoring game.
Both teams came out of the blocks quickly.
Datchworth received from kick-off, worked their way down field and Hitchin infringed at the breakdown.
Fly half Tom Wood welcomed the opportunity and after two minutes, Datchworth were 3-0 up.
The following 20 minutes saw some attritional rugby and big hits from both sides.
Both fly-halves exchanged missed penalties and half-time came with Datchworth slightly up, which they were happy with having played into the wind.
The second half was much more pleasing on the eye as Datchworth scored three unanswered tries.
After 45 minutes, Datchworth had Hithin under pressure and pinned in their own 22.
Trying to kick out to relieve pressure, Datchworth charged down the kick and the ball found its way to centre Alex Nolan.
He showed good hands to scoop the ball up and get over the line, then Wood added the extras.
Datchworth soon added a second, a fantastic debut try from winger Geoff Clapp, showing great pace to get on the end of a chip through.
Hitchin were now feeling the pressure and lost their second row to the sin-bin, loose-head prop Sean McGinnity soon followed and Hitchin were down to 13 men.
Datchworth made the numerical advantage count as they scored a third through a great break from centre James Watt from 30 yards out.
Wood converted all three tries and Datchworth ran out convincing winners. Datchworth’s man of the match was second row John Simons.
This Saturday sees Datchworth’s first home game of the season as they entertain Cheshunt.
It is a fixture the home side will be keen to win as Cheshunt took Datchworth out of the county cup two weeks ago, (kick-off 3pm).
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