Shield success for Welwyn Colts

PUBLISHED: 18:21 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

WELWYN RFC Colts finished their highly successful campaign by winning the Herts RFU Shield. They won the competition in its inaugural season by defeating local rivals Stevenage Town 22-12 at Croxley Green. The Welwyn boys struggled in the first half, fail

WELWYN RFC Colts finished their highly successful campaign by winning the Herts RFU Shield.

They won the competition in its inaugural season by defeating local rivals Stevenage Town 22-12 at Croxley Green.

The Welwyn boys struggled in the first half, failing to find their rhythm and making a number of unforced errors.

Stevenage took an early lead with a try.

But without looking particularly threatening, Welwyn created a try of their own for winger James Maton from a free-kick to level the scores at 5-5 going into the break.

Early in the second half Welwyn found their game with two quick tries to take the score to 15-5.

The first came from captain Josh Libberton after a number of forward moves, and the second was scored by full-back Dan Di-Lieto after a good backs movement.

A harsh sin-binning for substitute Ben Soley reduced Welwyn to 14 players for 10 minutes.

However, the forwards and backs combined on Soley's return to produce a classic match-winning try for centre Max Cheater to go over.

James Lynch converted the try to leave Welwyn in an unassailable position with only minutes remaining.

Stevenage managed a consolation converted try with seconds remaining, but it didn't spoil the day for the Welwyn players, who finished with a fantastic 22-12 victory and claimed the shield.

Their route to the final was tough, including a thrilling 15-14 semi-final victory over Fullerians in a match that took place under floodlights at Old Albanian's ground.

The opening stages of that game saw the Fullerians backs dominate, and they were rewarded with two converted tries.

A try by Welwyn skipper Libberton kept the half-time score down to a 14-5 deficit.

Welwyn completely dominated the second half, and when full back Di-Lieto reduced the Fullerians lead to five points, they began to believe they could snatch the win.

With only five minutes remaining, Welwyn won a scrum against the head in the Fullerians half.

This resulted in a blindside move and Dominic Wright stole in to seal a memorable victory, and set them up for their eventual shield success.


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