Welwyn on the brink but show fight against promtion-chasing Hammersmith & Fulham

PUBLISHED: 11:33 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:35 10 March 2020

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Welwyn stand on the precipice of relegation after a 39-5 defeat to Hammersmith & Fulham.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The victory keeps the visitors to Hobbs Way in second and seemingly certain of a promotion play-off but for the hosts the gap to safety is now 16 points with only four games to play.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

This was always going to be a stiff challenge but to their credit they showed a lot of fight and remained competitive through to the final whistle.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They actually took the lead with Chris Kemp setting skipper Adam Harcourt away for a try but this only served to spur Hammersmith into action and three tries followed in quick succession.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The game swung out of reach just before half-time with what looked a try-scoring pass to Harcourt intercepted and returned for a score at the other end.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Dan Comben takes a double hit for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Dan Comben takes a double hit for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn played their best rugby after the interval but were unable to breach the line and late scores tipped the score even further towards the Hammers.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Rob Picken in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Rob Picken in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Experienced scrum-half Yourgos Alexander marked the occasion of his 200th appearance with a good 70 minute display and Welwyn also gave a home debut to flanker Tim Mellor, who performed admirably on a difficult day for the home side.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn now have a week off before entertaining fellow strugglers Luton at Hobbs Way on March 21.

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn as Dan Comben looks on.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn as Dan Comben looks on. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham .


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Welwyn defend a driving maul against Hammersmith & Fulham.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Welwyn defend a driving maul against Hammersmith & Fulham. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - Chris Kemp in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Hammersmith & Fulham - James Tan in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon


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