Three is the magic number as three tries for Datchworth against Hitchin brings third win on the bounce

PUBLISHED: 17:29 07 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:48 07 October 2017

Datchworth edged a close game with Hitchin in London North West Three, winning 19-12.

Datchworth edged a close game with Hitchin in London North West Three, winning 19-12.

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Three second-half tries for Datchworth edged a narrow game away to Hitchin as they made it three wins from three with a 19-12 success.

Jon Whitby gave Hitchin the lead just before half-time but Datchworth were ahead less than two minutes after the restart thanks to Dylan Rice’s try and Richard Mills’s conversion.

Tom Wood dance through a gap to put them further ahead and an interception try from Craig Rowlinson eventually settled the game in the Men in Green’s favour although Ryan Arbon crossed with nine minutes remaining to set up a tense finale.

But the hosts couldn’t find another and the bonus point is not enough to lift them off the bottom of the London North West Three table.

For Datchworth the only way is up as they chase down early pace-setters, Verulamians and Welwyn.

For the majority of the first half Hitchin were on the front foot.

A couple of early breaks from Nick Panton got them close but either determined defence from the visitors or unforced errors left them pointless.

But you felt it was only a matter of time and it was a surprise that it took until 38 minutes for Whitby to finish off a move started by Alastair Southward skipping past a couple of tackles.

But strong words at half-time from the visitors worked instantly.

Datchworth went straight on the offensive and after working the phases, they recycled the ball wide for Rice to barge over.

The second was down to individual vision as scrum-half Wood spotted a gap down the side of a ruck and he darted down it and into the corner.

And within a couple of minutes Datchworth in essence clinched the game.

With Hitchin on the attack, a pass on the visitors 22 drifted forward and straight into the arms of Rowlinson who gleefully streaked in under the posts.

But Hitchin never gave up and after a series of incursions into the Datchworth red zone, Arbon took a leaf out of Wood’s book and spotting nobody standing guard behind the ruck, he went straight down the middle.

There was to be no grandstand finish though.

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