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1st XV - Match centre

Saffron Walden
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

A much better performance gives heart for the rest of the season

Good work all round,

On a wet and dank afternoon Walden entertained unbeaten Colchester with what looked like another tough afternoon especailly after a poor display at North Walsham the previous week.
However this was a much improved performance although things did not start well when Colchester broke through after only 5 minutes and scored a try under the posts to go 7 points up.
Walden regained the kick off and a couple of minutes later forced Colchester to stray offside and Full back and Walden's man of the match Tom Price stepped up to take the 3 points from 30mtres out. 7- 3.
Colchester had the best of the first half and a couple of times looked like scoring but this was a much better defensive display by Walden who looked much more organised despite several playing still playing out of position.
A couple of good breaks by Adam Miles showed the attacking intent and the pack were competing well both in the set piece and the breakdown.
However Walden were unluckily penalised at a scrum with 5 minutes of the half remaining and from the subsequent penalty and line out Colchester drove over to score their second try. Then soon after on the last play of the half they scored again to leave the half time score at 19 -3.
Much to Walden's credit where as last week they might have caved in, they dug deep in the second half and for large parts of it were the better side playing deep inside the visitors 22. Colchester had to defend frantically and gave away several penalties when finally the Referee lost his patience and handed out a Yellow Card.
Walden still could not break through and the visitors finally broke out of their half.
Colchester restored to 15 players they strove to get the bonus point try and finally achieved this with only 2 minutes left on the clock to leave the final score at 24 -3.
Walden now know have something to work on ready for another hard game at Henham next week against Chingford.
This was a good all round performance and mentions must go to a couple of debutants who both gave good accounts of themselves, 2nd row Alex Keenan and centre David Holmyard.
We are always on the look out for new players to play either in the first team in London N1 or the Saxons (2nd team) in Eastern Counties 1West, if you are interested in joining our friendly club please contact either or

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