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1st XV - Match centre

Cheshunt
Datchworth
C Pearce, G Morris, S Rule, K Topham, T Claridge, A Gelman, A Clark
Full time
Sat 17 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Attendance 160

London 3 North/West

17th December 2016 Cheshunt 45 Datchworth 17

Cheshunt carried on their recent good form, with a 7 try dismantling of local rivals Datchworth. In front of a large Christmas crowd, they put together some wonderful passages of play to move significantly up the league table. They were on the board in the first minute, piling into the Datchworth half and Alex Brown initiated the turn over, he fed Connor Pearce who was soon over the line and the conversion was added by Louis Mulholland. The visitors barely had time to catch their breath, with the rampant home team eager to add to their total, they camped in the Datchworth half, Alex Clark was next to break through the Datchworth defence, he found Gregg Morris out wide who was able to spin out of the last tackle and over the line in the right corner for a 12-0 lead after just 9 minutes. All the game was in the Datchworth half, occasional clearing kicks from the visitors, briefly took play to the half way line, but every time, Cheshunt returned with ball in hand and when Bobby Bolton made a break and into the visitors 22, the forwards were quick to re-cycle the ball and Adam Gelman ran a nice line to force himself over the line. Cheshunt had the try bonus point with just 20 minutes on the clock. A brief excursion into the Cheshunt half was stopped when the home side won the ball back, a chip ahead was collected by Kaz Topham on the Datchworth 10 metre line, back inside to Clark, who stormed up to the 22, a fine covering tackle looked to have immediately stopped the attack, but the referee found the Datchworth defender guilty of slowing play down by laying on the ball and the winger was sent to the bin. Cheshunt elected to take the scrum, Mulholland fed Topham in from the right wing who was strong enough to take would be tacklers with him and be next on the scoresheet, Mulholland’s extras took C’s to a 26-0 advantage. The game settled a little from the frantic pace of the first 20 minutes, although it continued to be played mostly in Datchworth territory, the home side added another try before the break, lineout ball off the top was fed to Joel Bailey, through the first line of defence, he drew the covering fullback and found Sam Rule in support for the fifth try and a comfortable 31-0 lead at the half time whistle. Early in the second half Bobby Bolton received a yellow card for a high tackle and the visitors were finally able to exert some pressure on the Cheshunt line, they worked an overlap for left winger Watts to cross in the corner. They were able to double their total, when a Cheshunt attack broke down, keen to entertain, a loose pass inside the Datchworth half was intercepted by the Fly half, who raced to the line down the right wing. As Bolton returned to the fray, Tom Claridge took his place in the bin when he was adjudged to have gone in high, but Cheshunt remained in the ascendency and scored a nice try from a counter attack, the Datchworth clearance kick found Bolton, he beat the first defenders and passed inside to Dan Saunders, he drew the cover and another inside pass to Clark allowed him to run to the posts unhindered. The visitors, with nothing to lose, tried to throw the ball around and they scored a good try after they had exploited some space in midfield, a long pass to the right winger got him over in the corner, an excellent conversion reduced the deficit to 21 points. But, it was the home team who had the last word, winning a scrum against the head, Reece Shoobridge was quick to notice Tom Claridge on the charge, his nicely weighted pass saw the skipper crash through tackles and in under the posts, another Mulholland conversion completed the scoring on a memorable afternoon. After the Christmas break, Cheshunt travel to Stevenage on the 7th January and will be keen to extend their small 4 match unbeaten run.

Alex Brown

Player of the Match

Alex Brown

Key moments

5:00
Try Connor Pearce scores for Cheshunt
10:00
Try Gregg Morris scores for Cheshunt
15:00
Try Sam Rule scores for Cheshunt
20:00
Try Kaz Topham scores for Cheshunt
45:00
Try Tom Claridge scores for Cheshunt
50:00
Try Adam Gelman scores for Cheshunt
55:00
Try Alex Clark scores for Cheshunt

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Alex Brown is awarded player of the match for Cheshunt
70:00 Yellow Card
Tom Claridge is yellow carded for Cheshunt
60:00 Yellow Card
Bobby Bolton is yellow carded for Cheshunt
55:00 Try 35 - 0
Alex Clark scores for Cheshunt
50:00 Try 30 - 0
Adam Gelman scores for Cheshunt
45:00 Try 25 - 0
Tom Claridge scores for Cheshunt
End of period 1
20:00 Try 20 - 0
Kaz Topham scores for Cheshunt
15:00 Try 15 - 0
Sam Rule scores for Cheshunt
10:00 Try 10 - 0
Gregg Morris scores for Cheshunt
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Connor Pearce scores for Cheshunt
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As it happened

  • Cheshunt
  • Datchworth
  • 0
  • Connor Pearce Try 5:00'
  • Gregg Morris Try 10:00'
  • Sam Rule Try 15:00'
  • Kaz Topham Try 20:00'
  • Tom Claridge Try 45:00'
  • Adam Gelman Try 50:00'
  • Alex Clark Try 55:00'
  • Bobby Bolton Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Tom Claridge Yellow Card 70:00'

Team selection

Bolton, Bobby Bolton, Bobby
Topham, Kaz Topham, Kaz
Rule, Sam Rule, Sam
Claridge, Tom Claridge, Tom
Saunders, Dan Saunders, Dan
Shoobridge, Reece Shoobridge, Reece
Mulholland, Louis Mulholland, Louis
Bailey, Joel Bailey, Joel
Hall, Robert Hall, Robert
Clark, Alex Clark, Alex
Brown, Alex Brown, Alex
Pearce, Connor Pearce, Connor
Morris, Gregg Morris, Gregg
Gelman, Adam Gelman, Adam
Martines, Ollie Martines, Ollie

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Datchworth 22 50
7. St Albans 22 47
8. Hitchin 22 46
9. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 45
10. Cheshunt 22 43
11. Finchley 22 41
12. Staines 22 12

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