Letchworth 38-19: South Woodham Ferrers
PUBLISHED: 15:57 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:57 25 September 2017
Letchworth ignited their season in bright September sunshine on Saturday with a bonus win over new boys South Woodham Ferrers.
Having endured three hard matches at the start of the season the Legends now enjoyed parity of possession and opportunistic back breaks despite the bulky SWF forwards scoring several good tries.
The blend of youth and experience really gelled for the home side rewarding the crowd with an entertaining afternoon of rugby plus five valuable points in the bag to lift the team out of the bottom three.
This should also build confidence for the tough games that lie ahead and there will be many in this very competitive league.
Letchworth kicked off to the Baldock end and will soon down in hellfire corner with a series of fine forward drives.
Kane Murray turned over the ball that was then worked swiftly through the backs hands until Fran Denny chipped ahead and raced in to score a fine try which he converted himself.
A good run by Chris Gibbs from the 22 after 25 minutes saw Letchworth’s line breached for an unconverted score.
Letchworth again took the initiative and a fine long pass found Hem Johal in the centre whose sidestep beat the defence for a great try under the posts to make the score 14-5.
The game ebbed and flowed for the next fifteen minutes with some exciting play by both sides before talisman prop Oscar Robinson chip and chased for a great try again converted by the reliable Denny.
SWF were not going to go quietly and their forwards rumbled over to make it 21-12.
Dave Hatch then won a great maul and the visitors infringed for Denny to put further daylight between the teams with a well struck penalty.
A further penalty after a mazy Denny run in the SWF 22 resulted in the home side now full of confidence taking a scrum and bulky centre Guy Palmer took loose ball to kick and chase and score.
Again SWF scored quickly to make it 31-19 and when Murray was yellow carded with ten minutes left they sensed a comeback.
However the home side showed at first great resistance and then true flare as Denny booted the ball through just inside the SWF half and outsprinted the full back to score under the posts and then wrap up matters within the final kick of the match.
It was good to see the return of Tommy Wilcock to add bulk to the pack and Dan Roberts at 10 allowing Hem Johal space in the centre.
With a few more cohesive performances like this Legends will ensure this season can be about consolidation and not relegation.
With thanks to Brian Burke.