Tis the season to be jolly for Datchworth’s green giants after crushing derby success

PUBLISHED: 11:25 16 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:25 16 December 2019

Datchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth celebrate Nick Moore's hat-trick try against Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Datchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth celebrate Nick Moore's hat-trick try against Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Datchworth turned on the style and the Christmas cheer for their supporters with a thumping 43-0 win over neighbours Welwyn.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Tom Wood in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Tom Wood in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The London Two North West clash hade promised to be a nip and tuck affair laced with typical derby passion and bruising hits.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Alex Nolan lays the ball back for Datchworth at a ruck as Vetaia Kawea attempts to steal it.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Alex Nolan lays the ball back for Datchworth at a ruck as Vetaia Kawea attempts to steal it. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It still had the passion but the result was never in doubt as the Green Army raced to a five-try half-time advantage before adding another two after the break.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth celebrate Nick Moore's hat-trick try against Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth celebrate Nick Moore's hat-trick try against Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn might be able to point to the lack of support from a cheeky and strong wind that although was going directly from one end to another, blew itself out by the time it was at their backs but the truth is they would have struggled regardless on this performance.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Tom Wood in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Tom Wood in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Nick Moore led the way for Datchworth with a hat-trick while the impressive Matt Francis, Liam Walker, Stu Young and Tom Wood bagged the other tries.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Tom Emery and Antonio Denton arrive in support for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Tom Emery and Antonio Denton arrive in support for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Wood converted his try adding to three successful kicks from Ben Palmer.

Datchworth V Welwyn -  Datchworth's Nick Moore is tackled by Adam Harcourt of Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth's Nick Moore is tackled by Adam Harcourt of Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Datchworth's on-field skipper Alex Nolan hailed the effort from his men from start to finish.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"It was one of our best performances of the season," he proclaimed. "It was simple, basic hands that got us over the try-line in the end. We didn't do anything fancy. We trusted we could fulfil what we wanted to do and that was get the win.

Datchworth V Welwyn - The teams pack down for a Datchworth scrum.Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - The teams pack down for a Datchworth scrum.Picture: Karyn Haddon

"The wind was going straight down the pitch and perhaps they expected us to kick a lot more but we ran it and tried to keep it in hand and only kick when we needed to.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Ben Palmer in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Ben Palmer in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"That gave us a lot of space to work in."

Datchworth V Welwyn - Ben Palmer, James Watt, Nick Moore, Tom Wood and Alex Nolan celebrate after Moore's hat-trick try for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Ben Palmer, James Watt, Nick Moore, Tom Wood and Alex Nolan celebrate after Moore's hat-trick try for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They had got off to a good start with Francis powering over after a catch and drive on eight minutes and he almost got the second, off-loading to Walker for the score.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth skipper Nick Gudgin (centre) leads the celebrations after another home try.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Datchworth skipper Nick Gudgin (centre) leads the celebrations after another home try. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Moore then ran in two fairly identical tries in three minutes, both coming from overlaps on the right wing before Young threw himself over the line by the posts in the last play of the first half.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Welwyn's Tom Emery looks on as Tom Wood spins out a pass for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Welwyn's Tom Emery looks on as Tom Wood spins out a pass for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Moore completed his treble by collecting a cross-field kick before Wood scampered through a demoralised Welwyn defence to finish the day off.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

First-team captain Nick Gudgin said: "We work for our big runners and we try to get the ball in their hands a lot.

Datchworth V Welwyn - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth.


Picture: Karyn HaddonDatchworth V Welwyn - Sam Brunton in action for Datchworth. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"The scrum has always been good but there are always improvements to be made."


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