Welwyn coach salutes his players

PUBLISHED: 13:23 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

Welwyn players celebrate one of their tries against Bury St Edmunds

Welwyn players celebrate one of their tries against Bury St Edmunds

WELWYN head coach Peter Engledow saluted his players after they secured their London Two North status by beating Bury St Edmunds 29-21 last Saturday. That victory, coupled with defeat for London Nigerian against Ruislip, secured their league survival, and

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WELWYN head coach Peter Engledow saluted his players after they secured their London Two North status by beating Bury St Edmunds 29-21 last Saturday.

That victory, coupled with defeat for London Nigerian against Ruislip, secured their league survival, and South African Engledow believes it is no more than they deserve.

Welwyn were promoted to the division last season from London 3NW after winning a play-off against Harlow.

Engledow said: "It is a massive relief and I am delighted for all the players.

"It was a real team effort, just like all season, as we realised after promotion last year it would be a big step up.

"Yet we all stuck together, worked for each other, and have proved we are good enough for this level.

"I am very proud of all the team."

In what has been a tough season for Welwyn, they went into their final two games knowing that regardless of how anyone else fared, two victories would be enough.

However, with a tricky final day match away to in-form Ruislip, they were always hoping London Nigerian would fall to defeat at home against the same side on Saturday.

And slip to defeat they did, albeit by the slimmest of margins, with the match finishing 30-29.

However, prop Jacques Naude believes survival is no more than the Hobbs Way side deserve.

"Like all season, in this game we all played for each other, and we were always confident," said the Welwyn forward.

"Hard words were spoken before the game, and we all realised we had a job to do.

"I felt we never left our foot off the pedal, and there was no room for slacking or complacency."

Far from taking it easy for the last game, Engledow is keen for his players to beat Ruislip and finish as high up the table as possible.

He accepts this season has been a challenge, but one that he has enjoyed immensely and is looking forward to the next campaign.

Naude added: "Celebrations continued into the night, but we will be focused on going for the win in the next game.


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