Welwyn fall to defeat in final league game of season
PUBLISHED: 17:35 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:35 23 April 2013
AT the third time of asking, after previous attempts had been interrupted by poor weather and the Easter season, Welwyn finally got round to hosting Twickenham - but fell to a 34-24 defeat.
Welwyn kicked off up the slope on a beautiful day with a blue sky and with a slight wind advantage. After a brief passage of play Welwyn were awarded a penalty and Pat Lynch put the ball into touch 5m out on their left.
Owen Hopley collected the Welwyn throw in, as he continued to do throughout the game, and a drive by the back row resulted in Rory Page going over and Pat Lynch converted.
Welwyn continued to apply pressure and were unlucky not to add to their score when Joe Burns almost broke through but Twickenham survived the pressure and managed to clear their line.
They took a lineout on half way and showed the speed and guile of their centres in working the ball over to the right where the winger went over for an unconverted try in the corner after 10 minutes reducing their arrears to 7-5.
Twickenham continued to exert pressure through their backs although Welwyn were matching them in the forwards and the visitors took the lead at 8-7 with a penalty from the 22 line after 13 minutes play.
Welwyn then started to gain more possession and position but were unable to capitalise on their advantage.
The visitors came back strongly despite some good breaks by Josh Hewitt and Rob Picken and a well worked move saw them score just beside the posts, a try that was duly converted giving Twickenham a 15-8 lead at the interval.
Welwyn started the second half brightly and Twickenham quickly had a man yellow carded for knocking the ball down.
With the advantage Welwyn pushed forward and a good run by Mussy Harinath gained considerable ground and a drive by the forwards saw Welwyn charge over for a try by Joe McKay that was duly converted by Lynch to make the score 15-14 to the visitors after seven minutes of the half.
Soon after, continued pressure by the home team saw Yourgos Alexander make an excellent break down the middle of the field and from a penalty Lynch added the points after 13 minutes to give Welwyn a 17-15 lead.
With their carded player returning Twickenham were now back to full strength and were now starting to apply pressure and a drive by their pack allowed the hooker to score besides the posts. The conversion gave the visitors a 22-17 lead.
Welwyn continued to press with good drives by Joe Burns and the other forwards and the ball, aided by a couple of penalties, was taken up to the Twickenham 22.
A good movement to the left by Welwyn looked threatening but an interception by the Twickenham stand-off resulted in him returning the ball up the wing and scoring an unconverted try after 30 minutes.
Welwyn continued to press with a drive by Josh Hewitt but the Twickenham number 10 made another interception and scored by the posts after 35 minutes. The conversion increased the visitors lead to an unassailable 34-17.
Welwyn did not give up however and their efforts were rewarded in the dying seconds with a try by Picken after some good build-up play including several quick tap penalties. The try was converted by Lynch to make the final score 34-24 to the visitors.
Twickenham were deserving winners in an exciting game and Welwyn now face Hitchin away next Saturday in the semi-final of the Herts, ’President’s Tankard competition.
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