Datchworth charge into promotion race as Old Street lose their unbeaten start

PUBLISHED: 08:42 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:43 23 October 2018

James Watt bagged two tries for Datchworth against Old Streetonians. Picture: Danny Loo

James Watt bagged two tries for Datchworth against Old Streetonians. Picture: Danny Loo

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If Datchworth are to be successful in their challenge for promotion then this game at home to Old Streetonians will be one they will remember as being pivotal.

Both sides came into the fixture in good form, Datchworth having won their previous two games, and Old Street undefeated.

But it was the villagers who produced the big performance to clinch a 28-17 success.

They started strongly and should have been ahead on five minutes back Sam Brunton was off target with a penalty in front of the posts.

Unperturbed, Datch continued to attack with ball in hand and but for stout defending, they would have had some early scores.

As it was they had to wait a little longer before opening the scoring with a try earned by the forwards.

They produced a big shove and with the ball at Stuart Young’s feet, an infringement brought the penalty try.

It proved to be the only score of a fascinating first half in which both sides tested each other.

An injury to Alex Nolan meant a reshuffled back line started the second period but it was another big turnover at the scrum that made try number two.

Young used the pick and go but was stopped short of the line, as was Liam Walker but Nick Holland made no mistake and Brunton redeemed himself for his earlier miss with a sublime kick from the touchline.

A further seven points followed with Louis Watts releasing Nick Moore who was only stopped metres short of the line.

However, James Watt took the offload and beat the last man to score under the posts, Brunton adding the extras.

But comfortable soon turned into nervous as Old Street pulled 12 points back in very short order heading into the final 10 minutes.

However, a cross-field kick from Brunton found Watt and he eased the fears with his second, Brunton again adding the extras this time from the other touchline.

And although there was still time for another Old Street score, there wasn’t enough for a fightback.

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