Hitchin Ladies head coach Dale Baines is leaving his role after four years at the helm. Speaking to CometSport, he recalled his fond memories of leading the side while his players paid tribute to the club’s ‘unsung hero’.
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.
The talk on the train from Waterloo to the home of rugby was of City bonuses rather than bonus points, stock conversions rather than converted tries and trips to the Amalfi Coast instead of the Stadio Olympico.
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.
Hitchin Ladies First XV stretched their winning streak to 10 games and moved eight points clear at the top of the league as they beat second placed Royston 15-5 in a Hertfordshire derby on Sunday afternoon.