Datch continue drive for the line

PUBLISHED: 10:05 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

Datchworth continued their drive for promotion with a solid 26-7 win at Harrow. The home team started strongly but were unable to turn their pressure into points. Having absorbed this early pressure, Datchworth began to take a stranglehold as the game was

Datchworth continued their drive for promotion with a solid 26-7 win at Harrow.

The home team started strongly but were unable to turn their pressure into points.

Having absorbed this early pressure, Datchworth began to take a stranglehold as the game was played in the Harrow half.

Datchworth suffered a setback after 10 minutes as fly-half Tom Morton made a good break only to injure his shoulder in contact and leave the field.

The visitors reshuffled their backline and put Andrew Tarsey at fly-half and James Watt moved into the outside centre position.

Under pressure, the home side began to concede penalties as they tried to slow the Datchworth ball down, from which the visitors looked to turn possession and territory into points by kicking to the corner for a lineout on two occasions.

But the execution was poor and Harrow were able to clear their lines.

The visitors missed a penalty shot at goal before finally putting some points on the board.

From a solid scrum 10 yards out, the ball went out to Tarsey who sliced through the defence and went over for the score with the help of the back row driving him over. Tarsey then converted his own try.

Just seven points up at the break, Datchworth knew that the game was far from won.

This proved true as an error running the ball out of defence 10 minutes into the second half eventually led to Harrow setting up good field position with a scrum five yards out.

The Harrow fly-half received the ball and sliced through the midfield to touch down under the posts for the converted try.

Datchworth began to control the game again, and although Harrow continued to defend manfully, the pressure eventually told.

Capitalising on a mistake, Datchworth turned the ball over and sent it left. Quick ball from a ruck 10 yards out saw captain-for-the-day Allan Leggetter take the short ball and there was no stopping the big man. Tarsey added the two points.

Datchworth secured the restart through Paul Broadwood and the ball was pumped downfield through the boot of Tarsey.

Harrow ran the ball out of defence only to find the touchline 40 yards out. Quick ball from the lineout went across the backs to Watt, who sliced through the defence to touch down in the corner for the unconverted score.

The visitors added a fourth try before the end. After a number of phases of play, Tarsey again cut through the defence to touch down for his second try. He finished the game with a personal haul of 16 points.

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