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1st XV - Match centre

Saffron Walden
North Walsham
Sat 16 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

A fight back early in the second half earns Walden a Bonus Point.

Great Spirit against the odds as Walden pull together giving some renewed confidence over the Christmas break.

On a cold but dry afternoon and despite the arctic conditions earlier in the week the playing surface was good as Walden entertained North Walsham in front of 100+ VP's after their Christmas Lunch.
With yet again a much changed team with injuries and others missing due to family and work commitments with at least a dozen first team regulars missing it was a credit to see the commitment shown by the 18 that put the new Purple and Green Change kit on for it's first outing at Henham.
However it was the visitors that had the best of the first 15mins of the game exploiting gaps in defence as those playing out of position had to adjust to the new combinations as they scored 3 well worked tries to go 19 points up and it started to look as though it was going to be another one of those hard days at the office.
Walden started to gel and soon after working the ball up inside the Walsham half they forced a penalty 40 metres out. Fly Half Tom Price found a perfect touch kick to set up a line out on the 5 metre line.
Walden won the ball and started driving in towards the posts but were held up short of the line from the resulting ruck they found space on the blind side and 2nd Row Luke O'Malley ran on to the ball at pace and shrugged off a tackle to barge over the line to score Walden's first try. 19 – 5.
North Walsham scored their fourth 5 mins later finding another gap in the defence and they managed to score again with the last play of the half despite the try scorer being tackled well before the try line and appearing to crawl over the line. This left the half time score at 33- 5 and a mountain to climb for the home team.
Whatever was said in the dressing room at half time seemed to work and only 2 minutes into the second half Walden managed to turn the ball over inside the Walsham half and a couple of phases it was fed out to centre Ben Nash who crashed over in the corner, 33- 10 and Walden started to believe they could get something out of the game.
The visitors gave away a string of penalties and Walden exploited these with another kick to the corner, this time they managed to drive over the line with hooker Sam Eardley going safely over for a converted try. 33 -17.
They next 10 mins Walden still had the better of the visitors and scored their fourth and bonus point try with another driving maul, this time front row Matt Holden was on the end to score narrowing the gap to 33 - 22 after 56 mins.
Walden knew that if they could score the next points they would really start to worry the visitors but perhaps knowing this they started to try to hard and it was North Walsham who finished the strongest with 3 more tries in the last 10 mins to take the game away from Walden with the score at the final whistle 50 -22.
But Walden can go into the break with renewed optimism that they may just be able to get enough wins in the second part of the Season to get out the relegation zone and with several players returning in the new year combined with the spirit and attitude displayed in this game it does not seem impossible as long as they believe it can happen.

Walden Saxons came up with a big win at Haverhill 36 - 14 also helping boost club morale over the Xmas break.

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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