Faltering St Albans display aids Datchworth victory

St Albans look for an offload against Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

St Albans look for an offload against Datchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

A much changed St Albans side travelled to Datchworth and produced a faltering display that saw the home side run out worthy 32-21 winners.

Saints had been forced into making a number of changes due to injury, which resulted in them starting the game with an entirely new front row.

Despite this, and an early Datchworth score, they stuck to their guns and remained competitive throughout the first half.

Pete Hissey at scrum half always looked dangerous and brought an abrasive edge to Saints play.

They retained the initiative after the break but some disappointing decision-making when it looked easier to score costing them.

Datchworth played a simple game, sticking to the basics and when St Albans lost flanker Sam Lowery and Hissey, they took full advantage of the disarray, running in three quick tries.

Saints did come back with another score but it was too late and by then Datchworth had secured a well-earned victory.

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