London North West Three: Third straight success for Datchworth as Royston are shut out

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 October 2018

Liam Walker scored his first tries for Datchworth in the win at Royston. Picture: DANNY LOO

Liam Walker scored his first tries for Datchworth in the win at Royston. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Datchworth continued their promising season with a third straight win secured in fine style on the road at newly-promoted Royston.

39-0 success keeps the Men in Green in fourth in the London North West Three table, just two points off promotion and four off leaders London Welsh.

The only blot on the copybook was a red card for lock-forward Billy Gatfield early in the second half.

They were ahead in the first minute, Tom Wood landing a penalty, and they never looked back.

Datchworth had dominated possession for the opening 10 minutes but it would be a further 10 minutes after that before they got the first try of the day.

Sam Brunton’s kick gave them a line-out and after a catch and drive move, Liam Walker crashed over for his maiden try.

Wood added the conversion to put Datchworth 10-0 ahead and by half-time they had ran in another two tries.

Having gone close twice before Tom Bennett finally got his try as he and Alex Nolan completed a textbook two-on-two situation and the second saw Stuart Young pick from the back of a ruck and waltz in unopposed giving Wood the easy conversion attempt.

Gatfield’s dismissal, given for foul play, happened in the opening 10 minutes after the break but didn’t stop the flow of traffic towards the Royston line.

Matt Francis finished off another period of phase play in the corner for the bonus-point try with Brunton off target with the extras.

A fifth try arrived inside the final quarter of the match.

James Young made headway on the left and after switching passes with Nolan, he fed Bennett for the simple score.

Back on kicking duties Wood went close but not close enough.

With the pace of the game and injuries starting to hamper the villagers, they used their forwards to run the clock down.

And it was Walker, one of their front-row brethren, who bookended the try-scoring with his second of the day, stretching over after a bullocking run.

Wood’s conversion completed the scoring.

The prop almost had a hat-trick but the ball slipped through his grasp with the line in sight.

However, a bonus-point win keeps the confidence bubbling, something which will be needed when Stevenage Town visit on Saturday.

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