Stormy end to Welwyn's Intermediate Cup hopes

PUBLISHED: 16:44 07 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:44 07 February 2017

Welwyn v Tabard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Welwyn v Tabard. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Welwyn were knocked out of the London & SE Intermediate Cup at the quarter-final stage by fellow London Two North West side Harrow on a wet and windy Friday night in London.

Unfortunately, the weather had a dramatic impact on the final result for the visitors.

Welwyn kicked off into a strong wind against a much-changed Harrow side from the one Welwyn defeated in the league a few months ago,

The early exchanges were even with Harrow having the majority of the ball and Welwyn defending well.

On 15 minutes Welwyn were on the attack but a loose pass went to ground and Harrow’s speedy no.12 ran in from 70 metres.

Welwyn continued to play some good phase play but struggled in the scrum against a much bigger Harrow pack.

In the final 15 minutes of the half the Harrow 12 twice deployed a speculative kick cross-field and on both occasions the ball bounced kindly into the Harrow winger’s hands.

From the resultant kick-off Harrow again went on the attack however an inside pass was intercepted by Liam Schofield who was playing in his preferred position of 12 and he ran 60 metres to score.

The conversion was taken by Chris Kemp returning to the first team after a long lay-off.

Just before half-time Welwyn gave away a penalty under their posts.

Harrow elected to take a scrum and duly marched the Welwyn pack back over their try-line to score their fourth try.

Welwyn were happy with the score-line and were looking forward to playing with the elements in the second half.

However, the wind changed in direction and strength and Welwyn ended up playing the second half into the teeth of a gale-force wind.

The second half was dominated by the elements as Harrow kicked deep and made Welwyn turn and play from well inside their own half.

This resulted in numerous turnovers and a further four tries completed a lacklustre night for Welwyn.

Welwyn return to league action on Saturday when high flying HAC visit Hobbs Way.

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