Datchworth undone by late penalty

PUBLISHED: 13:58 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:58 22 November 2016

Celebrations for Datchworth's Nicholas Merrett after scoring. Photo: Melissa Page

Celebrations for Datchworth's Nicholas Merrett after scoring. Photo: Melissa Page

Melissa Page Photography 2016

In a topsy-turvy game at Datchworth visitors Hemel made it eight wins from nine with a penalty in the dying moments.

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It was an entertaining game in which the lead changed hands seven times, but it was second-place Hemel who won at the death.

The visitors scored first with a breakaway try before Tom Wood converted two penalties for Datchworth.

The pressure started to mount on Hemel and they went down to 14 men with their fly-half being shown a yellow card as a result of numerous penalties.

Datchworth took full advantage, with winger Dom Wright going over in the corner with Wood kicking the extras.

Hemel hit back with a try to make the score 13-12 at the break to the hosts, before the first try of the second half went the way of the visitors following a scrum near the Datchworth line.

Second-row Nick Holland slipped through for Datchworth’s third with Wood converting before Hemel retook the lead through their fourth, though unconverted, try, to go 22-20 up.

The lead then changed hands for an incredible sixth time when Datchworth centre Sam Brunton collected a loose pass from Wood and slotted home a drop goal.

Yet with two minutes to go and with Hemel applying pressure they then won a scrum which led to, on phase five, Datchworth being offside in the centres and the kick was put away to leave the home side with nothing more than a losing bonus point.

Saturday sees Datchworth travel to Finchley in the league.

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