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1st XV 24 v 34 Welwyn RFC - Home League on 25 Nov 2017

Published on Monday, 27 November 2017

Having been close to winning against league leaders Verulamiams earlier in the month,

the Hedgehogs again raised their game against 3rd placed Welwyn, at Old Hale way on Saturday


In the second half they put up a great fight, and having replaced prop Sean McGinnity and lock Sam Underwood, both with suspected concussion, Hitchin were then reduced to 14 men after 15 minutes, with the issue of a disputed red card

But Hitchin had started the match well, camped in the visitors’ half, and after 5 minutes were rewarded with a try as the pack attacked the line ,for McgGinnity to touch down

Welwyn came back strongly to the Hitchin 22, but the defence held out. But soon the strong Welwyn backs cut through  the midfield to find touch 10 m from the line. Play was switched  across the field where an overlap allowed them to score an unconverted try to draw level

Both sides were putting together attacking phases, but the respective defences held out, until after 25 minutes the Hitchin pack gained ground for prop Harry Elleston to cross the line , Ben Higgins  adding the extra points from near touch , to give his side a 7 point lead

But the lead was short lived as the Welwyn backs again cut through some poor  tackling to score a converted try to draw level at 12-12

.As half time approached, the visitors found  touch 10 from the Hitchin line, and  moved play towards the posts before the pack gained a third try to take a 5 point lead into the second half

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The early stages of this half produced some scrappy play , and after 10 minutes a Welwyn player was yellow carded. Five minutes later, a scuffle off the ball resulted in a further yellow for Welwyn, and  the  red card for Hitchin, although the referee awarded Hitchin the resulting penalty

 Welwyn, although for a short while a man down , scored their bonus point forth try to take a 10 point lead, but the home side came back strongly and putting pressure on the visitors’ goal line were awarded a penalty try to narrow the gap to just 3 points, although a card was not issued


After 30 minutes  Hitchin kept up the pressure as, back again in the Welwyn 22,  the forwards took control for veteran Ryan Arbon to be credited with  a further 5 points, the 14 men  taking a slender but well deserved 2 point lead(& a bonus point)

The visitors raised their game and launched  attacks only for the Hitchin defence to keep them  at bay, and eventually  clear their line with a kick to touch on  halfway, only to be brought back for a penalty  for an apparent offside and Welwyn took advantage of a disrupted  defence to cross in the corner for 7 points, and a 5 point lead


As Hitchin , back in the Welwyn half , sought to bring about an unexpected victory, Welwyn  broke away  on the right wing to run through for a sixth try, Hitchin losing a further bonus point with the final score at 24 – 34

A good performance by the Hedgehogs, but once again not the result they wanted

Team Sean McGinnity, Joshua Page, James Akrill, Max Stallard, Nick Panton, Samuel Underwood, Lewis Pettinger, James Bolter, Heinrich Schlehmeyer, Ben Wiggins, Harry Cartwright, Carwyn Morgan, Jack Peachey, Jack Powell, Alistair Southward

Subs Harry Elleston, Joe Barnes, Ryan Arbon

Scores T: Sean McGinnity (1), Harry Elleston (1), Ryan Arbon (1) C: Ben Wiggins (1)

Player(s) of Match 1. Nick PantonLondon North West 3 The league: London North West 3



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