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1st XV - Match centre

E Cockburn, N Moore, J Watt, T Wood
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T Wood
Penalty Try
Sat 26 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Comfortable win boosts villagers' promotion hopes

Another try for pace man James Watt as Datchworth out-smart Harrow

Following a gritty performance away to Tabard the greens were back on home soil to welcome a competitive Harrow outfit.

Starting strongly, a recurring theme this campaign for the village side, Datchworth looked to attack around the fringes with the usual up-the-jumper approach from Sam McBroom, and some boisterous attempts from Liam Walker, Hugo Dawson and Stuart Young. Full back Tom Bennett took a blow to the head in the opening exchanges but mummy's little soldier carried on like a trooper, realising it didn't actually hurt.

With a penalty awarded within striking distance, Datchworth opted for a scrum and a little pick and pop and the back saw scrum half Ed Cockburn dart over for the score on the blindside. Tom Wood made good the extras for a 7-0 lead inside the first ten minutes.

Datchworth continued to attack, but Harrow's defence held firm - the home side ruing missed chances with dropped ball costing possession.

After surviving a twenty-minute onslaught, Harrow came back strongly and exerted pressure on the greens, who were trying to play with a bit too much gusto - the backs trying to show their flair far too often and struggling to retain possession. The visitors made the most of their increased time on the ball, and made progress down field - a huge hit on the fringe from Tom Blackwell merely delaying the inevitable. Soon camped on the home side's 5m, simple hands down the line saw them draw closer with their first try, just before the half hour mark; 7-5.

From the restart Datchworth were found lacking and Harrow went close once more - an almost guaranteed score from a 3 on 1 overlap being foiled by winger Nick Moore; bundling his opposite number into touch in the act of scoring the would-be try.

As Datchworth made their first change - Gudgin on for Walker in the front row - Harrow still came away with the lead with a penalty giving them an 8-7 advantage.

Having lost the lead, Datchworth began to play a more expansive game - less use of the runners around the fringes with Wood and Brunton working well at 10 and 12; using Alex Nolan as a battering ram and Bennett ever so often gracing the back line with his presence too to find gaps. The second Datchworth try soon came; a simple hands down the line with Bennett joining late and arching round towards the right touchline. With Nick Moore outside him the latter scored in the corner. Wood was unable to convert, but the home side had regained the lead, 12-8. Bennett left the field soon after - a delayed reaction to the earlier knock perhaps. Nick Moore shifted to full back and flanker Jake Ebhodaghe, returning from injury, slotted in on the wing - a sensible use of his extra pace.

There was time for one final Harrow attack - Datchworth again giving away a silly penalty and letting Harrow into their 22 for a lineout. The ball was overthrown however, and quick reactions from Brunton forced a knock on - signalling half time.

Two further changes for the villagers during the break saw Mike Skinner returning to action in place of Tom Blackwell, and Nick Holland making way for Liam Walker, trying his arm in the second row.

Skinner made his mark straight away, lumbering ahead of the pack to put the receiver under pressure and force a clearance. Quick ball from the lineout went wide right, before Wood switched the play back to the left with a long ball to Skinner who had a rumble down the left touchline - bumping two men before setting up the next phase. Walker went close round the fringe but was penalised for holding on; and the green army marched back 10m as, to the dismay of his team-mates, he protested his innocence.

Harrow made good use of the possession but Datchworth's resolve in defence made it hard to find any gaps. The visitors looked to find some extra flair and move the ball wide, quickly, but alas James Watt's pace thwarted their efforts as he intercepted and ran in from just outside his own 22. Wood couldn't add the conversion but the villagers had increased the gap; 17-8.

Datchworth slipped up minutes later, with a loose ball bobbling its way into goal following a good chip from Gibson and the home side were slower to react - the former collecting and passing back inside for an easy score; 17-13.

Tom Wood had a chance to get Datchworth back to a score in front but his penalty effort sailed narrowly wide of the uprights; Harrow sent it back but straight to Nolan who collected for a counter attack.

Datchworth settled into more of a groove for the next ten minutes, Gudgin's influence taking the pace off the game as they maintained possession. With two scrums in a row going over the line only to be brought down by Harrow the referee gave Datchworth a penalty try and with it a bonus point. At 24-13 it looked to be enough to clinch the match but Harrow heads didn't drop as they searched for the losing bonus point. A little unlucky, perhaps, in the closing stages as they attempted to run the ball from their 22 - a wayward pass fell behind the receiver allowing Tom Wood to pounce and claim Datchworth's 5th try. The restart fell straight into Brunton's hands, who sent it to touch for full time.

Despite losing possession for sustained periods of time, all in all another comfortable win after 80 minutes against a good Harrow side who asked a lot of questions of the improving village outfit.

Results elsewhere mean Datchworth are now sitting nicely in the runners up position and have their tails well and truly up. A crunch game approaches on the 9th of February, Old Streetonians will want to reclaim 2nd spot but the greens will have one eye on Stevenage Town who are still hot on their heels.

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Key moments

Try Edward Cockburn scores for Datchworth
Conversion Tom Wood kicks a conversion for Datchworth
Try Try for Harrow
Penalty Penalty kicked for Harrow
Try Nick Moore scores for Datchworth
Try James Watt scores for Datchworth
Try Try for Harrow
Try Tom Wood scores for Datchworth


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79:00 Try 27 - 13
Tom Wood scores for Datchworth
79:00 Missed Conversion
Sam Brunton misses a conversion for Datchworth
72:00 Sub Off
Hugo Dawson is substituted off for Datchworth
72:00 Sub On
Nick Holland is substituted on for Datchworth
67:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Datchworth
59:00 Missed Penalty
Tom Wood misses a penalty for Datchworth
53:00 Try 17 - 13
Try for Harrow
53:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Harrow
48:00 Try 17 - 8
James Watt scores for Datchworth
48:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Wood misses a conversion for Datchworth
40:00 Sub On
Liam Walker is substituted on for Datchworth
40:00 Sub Off
Nick Holland is substituted off for Datchworth
40:00 Sub On
Mike Skinner is substituted on for Datchworth
40:00 Sub Off
Tom Blackwell is substituted off for Datchworth
End of period 1
38:00 Sub Off
Tom Bennett is substituted off for Datchworth
38:00 Sub On
Jake Ebhodaghe is substituted on for Datchworth
38:00 Try Assist
Tom Bennett makes an assist for Datchworth
38:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Wood misses a conversion for Datchworth
38:00 Try 12 - 8
Nick Moore scores for Datchworth
32:00 Penalty 7 - 8
Penalty kicked for Harrow
30:00 Sub Off
Liam Walker is substituted off for Datchworth
30:00 Sub On
Nick Gudgin is substituted on for Datchworth
24:00 Try 7 - 5
Try for Harrow
7:00 Try 5 - 0
Edward Cockburn scores for Datchworth
7:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom Wood kicks a conversion for Datchworth
7:00 Try Assist
Stuart Young makes an assist for Datchworth
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As it happened

  • Datchworth
  • Harrow
  • 0
  • Edward Cockburn Try 7:00'
  • Tom Wood Conversion 7:00'
  • Stuart Young Try Assist 7:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Liam Walker Sub Off 30:00'
  • Nick Gudgin Sub On 30:00'
  • Penalty 32:00'
  • Nick Moore Try 38:00'
  • Tom Bennett Try Assist 38:00'
  • Tom Bennett Sub Off 38:00'
  • Jake Ebhodaghe Sub On 38:00'
  • Tom Blackwell Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mike Skinner Sub On 40:00'
  • Nick Holland Sub Off 40:00'
  • Liam Walker Sub On 40:00'
  • James Watt Try 48:00'
  • Try 53:00'
  • Penalty Try 67:00'
  • Hugo Dawson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Nick Holland Sub On 72:00'
  • Tom Wood Try 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 17 76
2. Datchworth 17 67
3. Stevenage Town 17 62
4. Old Streetonians 17 61
5. Tabard 17 48
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 17 47
7. Harrow 17 37

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