Welwyn boss positive despite disappointing home London 2NW loss to HAC

PUBLISHED: 12:33 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 12:33 12 November 2015

Welwyn defend against HAC

Welwyn defend against HAC


Jon Chinn believes his side’s inability to adapt to the soaking conditions duly them cost a vital victory on Saturday.

Adam Harcourt’s second-half try, converted by captain Phil Grehan, was scant consolation for the home side in the torrential rain, having conceded 15 unanswered points in the opening half.

The result sees the Hobbs Way side drop to seventh in the table having registered two wins, two draws and two defeats from six matches.

On the back of two consecutive draws, Welwyn had hoped to get back to winning ways, however that was not to be the case but Chinn was not especially downbeat about the result.

Chinn told the WHT: “I said earlier in the season that it is more the performance than the result because if you deliver more good performances than you do bad, you’re going to pick up more points and I stick by that.

“It is a disappointing result but I think we performed okay in the second half. Our main problem was doing the wrong things at the right times.

“We had a lot of handling mistakes in the first half which HAC exploited which is credit to them but they were the kind of things we had to cut out if we wanted to win.

“It was obviously going to be poor playing conditions with so much rain and I don’t think we respected them as well as we should have and it cost us.”

Welwyn will hope to bounce back from this defeat with maximum points at bottom club Old Merchant Taylors’ this Saturday but Chinn is wary of another confidence-sapping defeat.

He continued: “We have some players missing for that trip but it is par for the course at this level so we won’t make any excuses on that front.

“We know they [Taylors’] are bottom of the table but we will show them the same respect that we would any other team in this league.

“HAC had only won one of their opening five before coming to us and they showed the composure and discipline in difficult conditions of a side nearer the top than the bottom to get the victory so we won’t take anything for granted from this tough trip.

“Anything other than our full focus will come back and bite us and we don’t want another loss like against HAC.”

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