Late burst gives London Welsh a narrow win over Verulamians

Gareth Waters kicked a penalty but Vees were hit late by London Welsh. Picture: DANNY LOO

Gareth Waters kicked a penalty but Vees were hit late by London Welsh. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

A late scoring burst helped London Welsh Amateurs overcome Verulamians with a 24-17 victory.

Vees had used the power of their pack to take a narrow 17-16 lead with 15 minutes to go.

However the introduction of a speedy winger from the Welsh bench changed the dynamic of the game and helped the visitors to grab eight points and the win.

Verulamians found themselves under pressure early on as the Welsh half-backs pinned the hosts inside their own 22 for long periods.

Spilled balls and charged down kicks, together with a kicker who was perfect with every attempt left Vees 16-7 down.

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But the forwards, who had been dominant at scrums, drove over on the stroke of half-time and the same scrum forced a penalty early in the second half giving Gareth Waters an easy three.

But then came the substitution and a losing bonus point will seem scant reward for the hosts.

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Verulamians now take a break from league action with Cheshunt the visitors to Cotlandswick on January 9.

However, there is still plenty going on with the annual fathers and sons charity match taking place this Sunday at noon.

The match will involve players from OAs and St Albans, as well as Vees.

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