Datchworth complete double over Hitchin
PUBLISHED: 11:29 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 11 April 2017
Datchworth completed the London Three North West double over local rivals Hitchin to secure a top half finish on the final day of the season.
Having lost their four previous matches, Datchworth were determined to make amends Saturday and finish the season on a high, and they did that with a 34-15 victory.
The home side welcomed back Dylan Rice for the last game of the term, with Jake Ebhodaghe making his first start on the wing.
Stalwart James Watt returned to the other wing.
Datchworth plied the initial pressure which saw second row Nick Holland held up over the line from a quick break.
That said, Datchworth couldn’t make the pressure count, despite a drop goal from fly-half Sam Brunton.
Hitchin were the first to score when a rolling maul left them with a two-on-one out wide which was well-taken.
Datchworth came straight back with a score of their own.
After winning a penalty 25m out, they opted to kick for touch.
Then from 15 metres out, they initiated a rolling maul that was well-executed with flanker Matt Francis getting the touch down.
With the half-time whistle to be blown, Hitchin made a break and their left wing squeezed into the corner to give his side the lead.
Datchworth scored their second try straight after the interval.
A kick over from Hitchin was well-taken by Ebhodaghe who found centre Alex Nolan in space.
Nolan beat four defenders and powered over in the corner with a superb one handed finish.
The hosts then took the lead for the first time in the match.
Captain Nick Gudgin claimed the score from another rolling maul at lineout time.
This time full-back Richard Mills added the extras and Datchworth were seven points up.
A fantastic phase of play then ensued. A great pick and go from Francis was offloaded to Potter who then found Tom Wood in space, he passed to Nolan who passed to Watt.
Watt was in a two-on-one situation and just had to offload for the score, but he went on his own and was bundled into touch.
Five minutes later, Hitchin added their third try.
Datchworth’s Francis secured his second try making it 24-15.
There was still time for Mills to add a penalty and a try of his own that led Datchworth to a sixth- placed finish in the table.