Letchworth record first home win of the season
PUBLISHED: 15:31 17 January 2011
Garden City too strong for Old Colfeians
Letchworth GC 25 Old Colfeians 12
Letchworth combined a new sense of pragmatism with glimpses of flair to earn a well deserved first home win of the season which lifted them off the foot of the table.
Having comprehensively outplayed their hosts in the home fixture, Old Colfeians travelled to Legends Lane full of hope and expectation but their hopes were dashed by a sticky surface and a blustering gale.
To round the day off, their luxury coach got firmly stuck in the mud leaving them a combination of taxis and lifts to make the long journey back south of the river.
Up front for Letchworth, Robin French returned to first team action with a robust display supported by the muscular energy of Dave Munson while on the outside, 17-year-old debutant Dan Roberts was the pick of a class back three, aided and abetted by Kris Cottenden and Louis Plenty.
From the kick-off, Letchworth displayed exemplary tight play into the teeth of a driving wind to take first blood with a penalty from Susu at No. 10 before the C’s replied shortly afterwards and were well placed to get their nose in front until a simple kick to the corner was overcooked.
Defences were dominant, but one clean break by the C’s outside centre rang alarm bells.
Jag Johal used his experience to slow matters down but in so doing earned a yellow card and the visitors nudged ahead from the resulting kick.
Letchworth stifled any repeats by careful control of the ball and at the other end careless last passes let them down until a passage of continuity and skill lit up the afternoon.
Lewis Hett and Dave Munson made the hard yards with the ball going wide for Dan Roberts to make ground.
There was another forward drive and although Colfeians looked to have things covered with a four to two defensive advantage Steve Smith and Kris Cottenden combined beautifully to create space.
Smith drew two defenders before feeding Cottenden on a diagonal run who enticed the outside men into midfield for Smith to loop and score a classic try.
Letchworth’s resolute defence frustrated Colfes to the extent that their back row was despatched to the bin on the stroke of half time.
Four down and with a gale on their backs for the second half, the bookies shortened the odds on a first Letchworth home win off the season.
They were shortened further when the Colfes, in panic mode, had another player despatched to the bin.
A series of tight drives drew in the visiting defence but when the ball was spun wide a wayward last pass looked to have spoiled the move.
As the ball fell short of Louis Plenty, the defence had to check and this gave the pacy winger the half yard he needed to score a well earned try.
The next score was created by the pack. Barry Mellor made a telling break to be held up over the line and from the ensuing scrum Munson used his strength to fend off defenders and dive in at the corner.
Excited by their success, Letchworth spurned the elements as they tried to run from everywhere on the pitch and the visitors senses blood.
Louis Plenty equalled up the yellow card count as he pushed the boundaries to stem the pressure but it was another line-out steal by Lewis Hett, five yards from his own line, which broke the hearts of the Old Boys.
A 70-yard punt took Letchworth back to Colfeians’ red zone and with no option but to run the ball out the C’s were intercepted by Jimmy Tirrell who dotted the ball down and drop kicked the conversion.
Next week there is another tough encounter in store as Letchworth travel to old adversaries Eton Manner.
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