Try-machine James Watt steams in to keep promotion within grasp of Datchworth
PUBLISHED: 10:07 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:07 15 January 2019
James Watt once again dominated the score sheet as Datchworth continued their good form at Tabard with a 17-3 win.
The flying winger had grabbed a hat-trick of tries in the opening game of 2019 against Kilburn Cosmos and he followed it up with another two at Cobden Hill.
He had also scored two in the final game of 2018 against Cheshunt and now sits on 13 for the season.
This game saw Datchworth start strongly with Richard Hollis, back following a long-term injury, making the initial charge into Tabard territory.
It started a period of 10 minutes domination with Datch piling the pressure one.
Some of that pressure was perhaps a little too exuberant for the coaching team’s liking as two or three very good chances came to nothing.
One saw Watt touch down only for the play to be called back for a forward pass and Tom Wood should have kicked them in front but his shy at the posts was off target.
But eventually the opening try did come and when it did it was quick and clinical.
A clearing kick was charged down allowing Datchworth to counter out wide through Alex Nolan. He almost went it alone but a calm but brilliant offload out of the back of the hand found Watt who had cut the perfect angle to the line.
Wood added the extras but Tabard had soon replied with a kick of their own to cut the gap to four, Jack Reilly slotting the penalty.
It was to prove their only points of the game.
Liam Walker almost got a second try with another charge down before the break but Watt did break the whitewash again in the second half.
Nolan was again the supplier having been set up himself after a break from Wood, the scrum-half unable to convert this time.
Tabard did go close but Datchworth were able to clear and they finished the game off late on with Matt Francis going over for the score.
The success keeps Datchworth knocking on the promotion door at the top of London Three North West with the Men in Green sitting third, two points behind second-placed Old Streetonians and one ahead of the only other challenger, Stevenage Town.
They host Harrow next on January 26.