Promotion race hots up as Datchworth move second after good win over Harrow
PUBLISHED: 10:43 31 January 2019
The battle to secure promotion from London Three North West looks set to go to the wire after Datchworth took over ownership of second place with a 29-13 win over Harrow.
The Men in Green jumped three points ahead of Old Streetonians, who suffered a defeat to now runaway leaders London Welsh, while Stevenage Town remain just one point behind.
All three of the promotion-chasing teams still have to play each other as well, with Datchworth’s next game the trip to Hackney to on February 9 to face Old Street.
But the villagers will have every reason to feel confident after this five-try romp at home to the north London side.
They got things off to the perfect start with a little shove from a scrum allowed Stuart Young to break off and feed Ed Cockburn down the blindside for the opening try.
Tom Wood added the extras.
But as is so often the case that elicited a response from the visitors and after a period of pressure, simple hands along the line gave the winger a score in the corner.
They added to that with a penalty to take the lead but from there Nick Moore took over proceedings, first making a wonderful tackle to prevent another try in the corner before going up the other end and scoring himself.
That left Datchworth leading 12-8 at half-time and like the first half, they were the first to trouble the scorers after the break.
That came from the try-scoring machine that is James Watt as he hung on to an interception and raced in from just outside his own 22.
Harrow continued to keep the hosts honest and a second try from them narrowed the gap to just five.
But after Wood missed with a kick at goal, a penalty try brought the bonus point and some much-needed breathing space.
That was awarded after two scrums had been collapsed over the line and shortly after injuries to the Harrow front-row meant they went uncontested.
But it mattered little as Datchworth completed another fine day with the final try, Wood picking up a loose ball to score with Sam Brunton adding the conversion.