Remarkable turnaround for Welwyn leaves Datchworth kicking themselves for misses
PUBLISHED: 10:41 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 19 September 2017
In an extremely eventful match, Welwyn eventually secured a valuable 30-20 win against near neighbours Datchworth to get their London North West Three league campaign up and running.
Both teams scored four tries, securing a bonus point, but it was the boot that swung the match in the hosts’ favour; Datchworth unsuccessful with all four conversion attempts while Welwyn landed two of theirs.
They also kicked two penalties, the second coming in the last minute to deny Datchworth a losing bonus point.
The first 30 minutes of this game was all about Datchworth’s forwards.
They dominated at scrum time, so much so that the Welwyn coaching staff were forced to make two changes up front to bolster the pack.
It allowed Datchworth to score three tries, Tom Blackwell getting the first and the outstanding Stuart Young the following two.
Welwyn’s only reply in this time was a penalty from Rory Harcourt.
The arrival of William Freeston and Rob Picken helped Welwyn in the scrums and it was shortly after that they got their first try, Harcourt taking advantage of a missed interception.
And they were level just a minute later as Adam Harcourt grabbed a loose ball inside his own 22 and raced up the touchline to score close to the posts.
And the remarkable turnaround was complete just before half-time as scrum-half Yourgos Alexander took a quick tap from a penalty and scored under the posts.
Welwyn increased their lead to 27-15 with an intercept try from Josh Milton after 15 minutes
Young thought he had scored his hat-trick but was adjudged to be held up and Freeston was sin-binned for a high tackle giving Datchworth a numerical advantage.
James Watt collected a kick to the corner by Sam Brunton to bring them within seven points but with time virtually up, Welwyn were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, 45 metres out.
Rory Harcourt’s kick ended a breathless game.
Welwyn have another derby when they travel to St Albans on Saturday, with both teams looking for win number two.
Datchworth will hope for better luck when they entertain early league leaders Finchley.