Walden get back to winning ways at South Woodham Ferrers
Walden win with a last gasp penalty with only 2 mins left on the clock.
After 4 league defeats Walden finally got back to winning ways at South Woodham Ferrers. The game started in blustery conditions and the home side were first to score when Walden strayed offside kicking the penalty to go 3 points in front.
Walden then won a penalty wide out and kicked to the corner. From the line out No 8 Nik Baker drove towards the line sucking in defenders, good presentation enabled scrum-half Keegan Diggons quick ball and good hands quickly got it out to left winger Paul Marshall who cut inside, wrong footing a couple of defenders to score 3 – 5 10 mins.
Next it was captain and flyhalf Mark Kimberley who scored a great individual try as he collected the ball deep inside his half raced through a gap, he was then first to his own perfectly waited kick over the covering defence to score under the posts. 3 – 12 15 mins.
The home team infringed at the breakdown 10 mins later and Walden stretched their lead to 3 – 15 with the subsequent penalty.
Walden then went down to 10 men when Marshall was Yellow carded trying for an interception only to knock it on. SWF exploited this when they chose to go down the blindside from the resulting scrum scoring a try in the corner to narrow the gap to 8 – 15.
Walden replied almost straight away with a fine break by prop Adam Smith through the centres and he offloaded to man of the match Nik Baker who shrugged off 2 defenders to score under the posts 8 – 22.
The Bonus point try came with 5 minutes left of the half as Flanker Matt Holden got on the scoreboard to stretch Walden's lead to 8 – 29.
SWF were not done and they again managed to create space wide out to score a converted try, leaving the half time score at 15- 29.
Despite looking dominant for large parts of the first half the wheels nearly came off in the second. The home team took 3 points straight away after a penalty for holding on 18 -29.
They then scored again wide out with only 5 minutes of the half played to narrow the gap further to 25 – 29.
Nerves seemed to get the better of the visitors and they started to fall off a couple of tackles allowing SWF to score their fourth try putting them in front 30 -29.
Walden stemmed the flow of points against them but struggled to get themselves close enough to the home teams try line to score as nerves started to get the better of them.
But to their credit they kept plugging away and with only 5 minutes left on the clock they finally managed to string a few phases together to get into the home teams 22 with a good break. SWF gave a penalty away 25 metres out as one of their players came into the ruck from the side preventing quick ball. Forgetting the score line Walden's scrum-half decided to tap and go, giving the travelling support a nervous moment but thankfully it was quick not allowing the home team time to retreat the 10mtres and the penalty was 10mtres closer. Although never easy when you have a kick to effectively decide the match Mark Kimberley stayed calm and slotted over to put Walden 2 points ahead 30 -32.
With 2 minutes left Walden claimed the restart but the home team managed to turn the ball over as Walden knocked on with still 30 secs left on the clock.
However trying to attack wide out they in turn knocked it on and Walden were relieved to regain the ball kicking it off the park to claim the win.
What a griping end to a closely fought contest, a much needed win but still loads to work on during this weeks training before another away trip to Cantabs kick off 2pm. Please come along and support it does make a difference.
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