Old Merchant Taylors' kept the pressure on at the top of London 3 North West with a resounding 38-3 win over Welwyn on Saturday.

With second-placed Grasshoppers slipping up against Stevenage the week before, OMTs closed the gap on the summit after scoring all their points in the second half.

OMTs enjoyed plenty of possession early on but new players, some playing out of position, meant the visitors struggled to find their rhythm and were unable to capitalise.

Welwyn however were forced into infringement on a regular basis and the home side had two players shown yellow cards towards the end of the first half.

OMTs went up a gear in the second period though, scoring 38 unanswered points including six tries and four conversions.

Teenage flanker Harry Baron started things off with the first try, Joe White crossed the line three times, and Dan Conway and James Gregory also went over to seal a convincing win.

"It is now our strength in depth that is providing the consistency and gave us this bonus-point win," OMTs manager Gordon Brown said "Other clubs' inconsistency has brought closer towards us in the table and now it’s very much in our hands to win both promotion and the league".

OMTS have another rest this weekend before their crucial home match on February 8 against Grasshoppers.

Meanwhile, on Sunday February 2, OMTs will be the host venue for the match between the Combined Services Under-23s and Ealing Academy Under-23s.

Kick-off is 2.15pm and entrance is free.