Harpenden enjoy deserved win in eight-try success away to Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 14:46 14 January 2019

Welwyn V Harpenden - Michael Goode in action for Harpenden is topped by Welwyn's Josh Milton (near side) and James Tan (far).


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn V Harpenden - Michael Goode in action for Harpenden is topped by Welwyn's Josh Milton (near side) and James Tan (far). Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Two tries each from Tagon Strydom and Adam Wilkinson and eight in total gave Harpenden a deserved 52-13 win away to Welwyn in London Two North West.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Harpenden's Tom Sanders chases a flying Adam Harcourt for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Harpenden's Tom Sanders chases a flying Adam Harcourt for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The result keeps Harpenden in second place with eyes still firmly fixed on promotion.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn as he gets away from Oli Lacey of Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn as he gets away from Oli Lacey of Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

However, Welwyn’s early-season promise has just faded and they are now down in sixth after six games without a win.

Vetaia Kawea in action for Welwyn.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonVetaia Kawea in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It started well enough for them at Hobbs Way with Dave Fennell gleefully gobbling up a wayward miss pass and strolling in from half-way.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Adam Harcourt in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Chris Kemp added the conversion but the lead didn’t last long at all as Tom Sweeney took advantage from the kick-off to cross in the corner, adding the extras as well.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Michael Goode tackles Josh Milton of Welwyn with the help of Jack Murphy on the floor.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Michael Goode tackles Josh Milton of Welwyn with the help of Jack Murphy on the floor. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Kemp put Welwyn back in front with a penalty but Adam Wilkinson restored the visitors’ lead after numerous drives pounded the home line.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Ali Whittaker in action for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Ali Whittaker in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It was a lead they would not relinquish again.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Jack Pennell in action for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Jack Pennell in action for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Strydom extended the lead with a second unconverted try but Kemp kept Welwyn in touch at 17-13 as the half came to a conclusion.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Vetaia Kawea in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Vetaia Kawea in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And that meant the bonus-point score just three minutes from the break gave Harpenden some vital breathing room.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Josh Milton of Welwyn is tackled by Jack Murphy.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Josh Milton of Welwyn is tackled by Jack Murphy. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And after the trickery from the backs that brought the three opening tries, it was an old-fashioned bit of forward grunt that brought number four, Michael Goode touching down after a five-metre scrum rumbled across the line and Sweeney adding the conversion.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Aaron Chandler in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Aaron Chandler in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

That try ended the resistance of the hosts who looked shell shocked in the opening 20 minutes of the second half.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Harpenden's Olli Mann wraps up David Wells of Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Harpenden's Olli Mann wraps up David Wells of Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Ali Whitaker had already been stopped once but Welwyn couldn’t repeat the trick as the big second row charged through a gap after four minutes and Strydom did exactly the same 10 minutes later, albeit with a bit more pace.

Welwyn V Harpenden - David Wells in action for Welwyn.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - David Wells in action for Welwyn. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The miss pass finally brought joy for Wilkinson out wide and Sweeney kicked his third conversion of the half to stretch Harpenden’s lead to 45-13.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Michael Goode and Jack Murphy leave Welwyn's Josh Milton with no way through.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Michael Goode and Jack Murphy leave Welwyn's Josh Milton with no way through. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Welwyn did finish stronger though, making inroads into the Harps’ half but they were eventually breached one final time, the referee awarding a penalty try on the final play.

Welwyn V Harpenden - Ollie Mann of Harpenden prepares to tackle Welwyn's David Wells as Tom Sanders closes in.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWelwyn V Harpenden - Ollie Mann of Harpenden prepares to tackle Welwyn's David Wells as Tom Sanders closes in. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The league takes a week’s break, returning on January 26 when Harpenden host Hammersmith & Fulham and Welwyn go to Grasshoppers.

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