Welwyn's sticky run continues with loss in London
PUBLISHED: 10:55 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 27 October 2016
Welwyn's winless league streak has stretched to four games after this defeat in the capital on Saturday.
Receiving the kick-off in the first half, Welwyn quickly showed that the train journey was out of their system by going on the attack from the off.
Phil Grehan, returning at fly half, showed what Welwyn have been missing with two lightning breaks that took play into the HAC 22.
Here the powerful pack took over and set up camp for several phases before conceding a penalty to the relief of HAC.
The penalty kick took HAC into the Welwyn half for the first time.
The hosts won the line-out and attacked only for Welwyn to concede a penalty just inside the 10m line which the home side kicked successfully.
From the restart Welwyn again attacked strongly, stringing 12 phases together before knocking on and conceding the scrum.
HAC attacked through their lively backs and won a penalty just inside the Welwyn 22 although the kick was missed.
A period of play followed with neither side able to make any significant in-roads into the other side’s defence with both cancelling each other out.
In the 25th minute, skipper Phil Grehan made a break to score near the posts and Chris Kemp converted for 7-3.
Unfortunately the lead was short-lived and HAC struck back to score wide on the left.
Rory Harcourt made a strong break into the HAC half but support was slow and the ball was turned over.
A relieving penalty saw HAC score for the line-out wide on the right which was converted 15-7.
The second half saw HAC attack from the kick-off and secure a penalty which was missed but the sharp-handling HAC backs soon hit back to score again.
The Welwyn monster pack was rumbling and won a penalty that Kemp slotted away for 20-10.
Strong defence from both sides caused a stalemate with neither team coming out on top.
A driving HAC line-out allowed them to notch another try before two more scores finished a successful day for the home side.
Welwyn will hope to end their barren streak on Saturday when they host London Nigerian.