If victory over Stevenage Town seven days earlier had inched Datchworth closer to promotion from London Three North West then the events of Saturday provided the village side with a giant stride forward.
A hat-trick for John Simons was enough to bring a ninth straight win for Datchworth in London Three North West – but they were made to work for every inch of the 44-29 success by a dogged Royston side.
Datchworth made it eight wins in a row to keep their noses out in front in the race for promotion from London Three North West – with the 13-12 success at Old Streetonians arguably the best of the lot.
Harry Tanfield roared round the Stevenage streets to claim a second solo Ovo Energy Tour Series victory in three days – and in his eyes it was perfect preparation for his tilt at the national time-trial championships.
Datchworth reproduced the type of stirring display that has been a feature of their late-season recovery but it wasn’t enough to stop Hemel Hempstead claiming the Herts Presidents’ Tankard in a 46-20 success.