The 0-0 score on Hackney Marshes in October may have caught the imagination of the media and generated wider coverage than all of the other games this season but it also set us up for another top of the table clash. Since that match London Welsh and Streetonians have swapped league places but, together with Datchworth and Stevenage Town, the top four have opened a gap over the rest of the league and with eight rounds of games to go these teams must be clear favourites for the two promotion spots.
The next four rounds of the league throws up some interesting fixtures, the pick of which are this Saturday’s match at Old Deer Park, Streetonians v Datchworth on 9th February, London Welsh v Stevenage on 16th February and Stevenage v Datchworth on 2nd March. Could we be looking at the league table after these games are played and seeing a top two breakaway?
Streetonians followed October’s washout with a 27-18 defeat at Datchworth. A narrow 26-24 win against Kilburn at home put them back on track only to slip up at Tabard (24-20) at the start of November. Since then they have had a run of six games unbeaten including a 6-5 win at home to Finchley and, at the other end of the scale, an 82-3 thrashing of Verulamians in the last round of games. That result, the biggest score by any team in the league this season, makes Streetonians the league’s highest points scorers but London Welsh still have a superior points difference by a margin of 64.
London Welsh maintained a seven point lead at the top of the league thanks to two late tries at Harrow. A determined Harrow team limited Welsh to single converted try at half time and a 14-5 lead with ten minutes remaining, both tries scored by Marc Weir. David Gabe crossed for the third try and Rhys Howells cut the perfect angle through Harrow’s defence for the bonus point score.
A bumper crowd is expected at ODP on Saturday. The bar will be open and hot food and drink is available for purchase. ADMISSION IS FREE!
London 3 North West Fixtures this Saturday (current league positions in brackets):
Datchworth (3) v Harrow (7)
Finchley (11) v Cheshunt (8)
Kilburn Cosmos (9) v Tabard (5)
London Welsh (1) v Old Streetonians (2)
Old Merchant Taylors' (6) v Stevenage Town (4)
Verulamians (12) v Royston (10)
London Welsh Druids play Chiswick 2nd XV on pitch 2 at 2pm and London Welsh Occies travel to Bank of England, also a 2pm start.