I only really remember one thing from Saturday's match. At this point your probably thinking this would make me a poor choice to write the match report and someone else should take over. However, to the author who crowbarred Oompa Loompa's from Charlie and the chocolate factory and based an entire match report on lyrics from Bruce Springsteen song's, dedicating an article to one moment is small beer to be honest.

The ball went out of play and as is the norm when this happens, the referee raced to the spot (as he was former Saracens winger Richard Haughton no less, a man 10,000 times more sprightly than your average merit league ref.) and invited the sides to form a lineout. The Hackney forwards, supreme at this set piece all day easily claimed the ball with Ollie Hart raising from 4th in line to gather and set up a driving maul. The ball secured and shove now on, Welwyn had no choice but to commit extra bodies to the pile up. This opened up space, especially on the unguarded blind side where Rolfin Nylus scampered round to race away. A sight worth the admission price alone, the hooker bounced from side his long dark pirate like hair flowing in the slight breeze and sudden g forces caused by the immediate changes of direction as he brushed off challenge after challenge. Eventually a defender worked out that tackling around the legs might be a good option and Rolfin's progress was halted, where the ball was now offloaded to Hackney's scrum half. Displaying silky handling to move the ball on while making the usual zero progress up field, the nine found an on rushing Mike Ward on the outside. Initially tip toeing up the touchline to out flank the defence, the no. 8 switched tactics as the cover rushed over and adopted a more bruising style pushing past in the whirlwind of pumping arms and legs. This afforded just enough space to squeeze the ball into the try area exactly adjacent to the padded corner post. Hackney were on the board...

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Half time

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Final whistle, game over. Welwyn deservedly win the Merit 2 plate