Welwyn RFC lose out to the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 15:30 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30 06 October 2016

Welwyn RFC on the defensive

Welwyn RFC on the defensive

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Welwyn have now lost back-to-back games after losing at home to current leaders Hampstead at Hobbs Way on Saturday.

Hampstead broke through early for a first try out wide but the conversion was missed.

More pressure for Welwyn’s defence inside their 22 resulted in a penalty to Hampstead taking the score to 8-0.

From the restart the hosts were again under pressure but some excellent work from the forwards was managing to keep a strong Hampstead back row at bay.

A line-out on Welwyn’s 22 moments later saw Hampstead catch and move the ball wide and quickly through the hands eventually scoring their second try and converting for 15-0.

A third try just before the break had Hampstead well up at the interval and they increased that lead further soon after the restart for 29-0.

Welwyn started to build confidence and were soon camped in the visitors’ half and 22 for long periods after some good strong tackling and runs from Ben Solez, Joe Burns, Henry Fee and Rob Picken.

Welwyn were camped just five metres from Hampstead’s line as they desperately tried to keep the home side out, resulting in a penalty..

Still deep in Hampstead’s 22 Welwyn continue to run the ball with William Freeston and Luke Dillinger.

Eventually Welwyn got over the line but ref deemed it to be held up, scrum down home ball.

From a penalty for an offence at the scrum Harcourt moved the ball wide quickly and through the hands, Welwyn get a well-deserved try in the corner through Muhunthan Harinath.

With all the pressure on them, Hampstead’s penalty count continued to rise but on the breakaway, a quick 22 drop-out saw them go over the line.

Welwyn immediately piled the pressure back on and in the final few minutes Welwyn they won another penalty finally resulting in a sin bin for Hampstead number two.

Picken ran at their defence and sets the ball nicely for Dillinger to go over near the posts for an easy conversion in the last action of the game.

Welwyn will hope to stop their losing run at Tabard on Saturday.

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