London North West Three: Positives outweighs loss for Datchworth skipper as late drama leaves them just short against Tabard
PUBLISHED: 13:29 03 October 2018
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Datchworth came within inches of snatching a draw at home to Tabard but skipper Nick Gudgin was still content with a losing bonus point in the 20-18 defeat.
The Men in Green trailed from as early as the second minute when Jonny Aguila ran a perfect line to bisect the defence and they never got back on terms again.
That said they were always in touch and when James Hankin crossed on the final play, it gave Tom Wood a difficult chance from out wide to level the scores.
The kick was off target but the skipper was still looking at the positives,
Gudgin said: “I’m personally quite happy with the game, we have to take what we can out of a loss. It’s not what we want but I feel like the boys played well.
“There were patches where we could have been better but there were a few silly mistakes and we weren’t clinical enough.
“We’re struggling with that final pass but we are working on it and it is coming along.
“It just didn’t happen today.”
Datchworth had dominated the possession stats in the first half but still turned round 10-6 down, with two Wood penalties all they had to show for their efforts.
Alex Nolan got the first of their tries midway through the second half, improved by Wood, but tries from Aaron Priscott and Mark Salteras either side of that kept the Radlett-based side in front.
Crucially Jack Reilly, who had landed a first-half penalty, was unable to convert either and it kept Datchworth in with a shout.
The late drama raised the hopes of the fans on a beautiful autumnal day but it was not to be.
But the positive Gudgin is still delighted with the way things are going this season.
He said: “We’re still warming up and I’m looking forward to another few games.
“Two years ago and even maybe last year we wouldn’t have got that try in the closing stages and I think that’s the difference this year.
“Now we’re getting them. We’re a lot fitter this year and the game with Hemel [in last year’s Herts President’s Trophy] was a real eye-opener for everyone.
“You’ve got to try to be the best. If you don’t aim up, you’ll end up going down.”
Datchworth are now sixth in London North West Three with a trip to Harrow on Saturday.