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1st XV - Match centre

Hammersmith & Fulham
V Kawea, D Fennell (2), H Gillespie, P Grehan
C Kemp (3)
Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 North West Full time

Welwyn Maintain their winning run


Welwyn travelled to the capital

Welwyn travelled to West London on a beautiful warm October day to try and continue their good start to the season against Hammersmith & Fulham, a team they had never conquered at their place.
With Dan Comben making his 50th 1st team appearance Wewlyn were hoping to start strongly after a week off

The hosts however dominated the first 20 minutes with some skilful offloading and hard running particularly from their talented three quarters line. Welwyn somehow only managed to concede one unconverted try and a solitary penalty to trail 8-0. Unfortunately, Welwyn lost Josh Milton to a head injury. 1st XV stalwart Rob Picken making his 290 appearance coming on

Welwyn decide to enforce their game plan on to proceedings, some strong carries and good tactical kicking led to a ruck under the host’s posts. Centre Vetaia showed his class by spotting a gap around the fringes and darted under the posts for a try converted by Chris Kemp playing at 9.

With their tails now up the small but loyal Welwyn supporters were treated to some fantastic play. With Phil Grehan possibly playing his finest game at 10 pulling the strings, Welwyn went through multiple phases in the hosts 22. With Welwyn, looking for that weakness the ball was spun wide to where Harry Gillespie floated a perfect pass out to Dave Fennell on the right wing to go over in the corner for an unconverted try 12-8 to the visitors.

Back came H&F in the final 5 minutes of the half-putting together multiple phases to set up a ruck on the Welwyn’s 10m metre line. The impressive 7 went blind linked with the 15 who played a 1-2 with the winger to score in the corner; the conversion was missed giving the hosts a 13-12 lead at half time.

2 minutes from the restart, H&F slotted another penalty to extend their lead, however this Welwyn team are made of stern stuff and came back strongly to score 2 scores. The first was an absolute beauty. From 1st phase play, the ball was spun to Vetaia who fed Ben Osgood coming on a perfect hard line. With the defence bearing down on him, Osgood floated a perfect left-handed pass out to winger Dave Fennell who did not have to break stride and scored his second of the game.

Dan Atkinson replaced stalwart Ben Solez at hooker adding further weight to the front row that caused all sorts of problems to the hosts

5 minutes later Welwyn’s Kemp put a kick behind the H&F back three with an aggressive chase the ball was turned over 5 metres from the line. Spotting a mismatch Phil Grehan fed skipper William Freeston who put Harry Gillespie over under the post, the conversion was good giving Welwyn their try bonus point and a 24-16 lead

Again back came H&F and scored a good converted try with 20 minutes remaining. During this spell second row, Antonio Denton was sinned binned for a deliberate knock on. In keeping with the pattern of the game Welwyn marched down to H&F’s 22 and managed to create an opening for Phil Grehan to go over under the posts for a lead of 31-20 with 15 minutes remaining.

Welwyn have worked hard on their defence this year and this was needed as H&F threw everything at the visitors but somehow the line was kept intact. With the final play of the game H&F had a 5m lineout looking to get a point or possibly two from the game. Welwyn knew the significance of this and again repelled the attack giving them a famous 31-20 victory and consolidating their position in second.

This was a high quality game played in good spirit by 2 committed and skilful sides. Welwyn showed real character to defeat a very good H&F side. They return to Hobbs Way this week to face Hackney.

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Key moments

Try Vetaia Kawea scores for Welwyn
Conversion Chris Kemp kicks a conversion for Welwyn
Try Dave Fennell scores for Welwyn
Try Harry Gillespie scores for Welwyn
Conversion Chris Kemp kicks a conversion for Welwyn
Try Dave Fennell scores for Welwyn
Try Philip Grehan scores for Welwyn
Conversion Chris Kemp kicks a conversion for Welwyn


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71:00 Conversion 0 - 31
Chris Kemp kicks a conversion for Welwyn
70:00 Try 0 - 29
Philip Grehan scores for Welwyn
65:00 Yellow Card
Antonio Denton is yellow carded for Welwyn
60:00 Try 0 - 24
Dave Fennell scores for Welwyn
51:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Chris Kemp kicks a conversion for Welwyn
50:00 Try 0 - 17
Harry Gillespie scores for Welwyn
40:00 Sub On
Dan Atkinson is substituted on for Welwyn
End of period 1
35:00 Sub On
Rob Picken is substituted on for Welwyn
30:00 Try 0 - 12
Dave Fennell scores for Welwyn
30:00 Sub On
David Wells is substituted on for Welwyn
22:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Chris Kemp kicks a conversion for Welwyn
20:00 Try 0 - 5
Vetaia Kawea scores for Welwyn
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Welwyn
  • 0
  • Vetaia Kawea Try 20:00'
  • Chris Kemp Conversion 22:00'
  • Dave Fennell Try 30:00'
  • David Wells Sub On 30:00'
  • Rob Picken Sub On 35:00'
  • Dan Atkinson Sub On 40:00'
  • Harry Gillespie Try 50:00'
  • Chris Kemp Conversion 51:00'
  • Dave Fennell Try 60:00'
  • Antonio Denton Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Philip Grehan Try 70:00'
  • Chris Kemp Conversion 71:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Belsize Park 20 85
2. Harpenden 20 78
3. Chiswick 20 74
4. Hampstead 20 55
5. Hemel Hempstead 20 52
6. Welwyn 20 50
7. Grasshoppers 20 44

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