Colts sparkle on 5th November
Much improved performance brings big win
Walden Colts welcomed the Old Albanians to Henham in the first ever fixture between the two sides. Determined to make up for last Sunday's setback against Chelmsford, the hosts got off to the best possible start with an early try by hooker Will Stockle, supporting a great solo run by Ollie Newman. Will crossed the try line again moments later to double his tally as Walden exploited an overlap on the left. Any thoughts of an easy ride were banished immediately as OAs went through a number of phases to score out wide on the left. (12-5)
More Walden pressure followed as the forwards went through the gears, recycling quickly and hitting the 10 channel at pace, tying up the defence to allow U16 Joe Saych his first Colts try. Tom Smith then crossed the whitewash after good hands from the backs and just before half time Oscar Norman went over wide on the right.
Oscar then continued his rich vein of try-scoring form with a touchdown early in the second half but it wasn't all plain sailing. Repeated offsides were eventually punished by a yellow card, scrum half James Westlake, unfortunately taking one for the team. However, that didn't stem the flow of tries as a lovely reverse ball from Ollie Newman to Tom Smith opened up the OAs defence for another try. Oscar then got back in the act to complete his hatrick before being withdrawn. It was good to see the team finish with two U16s in the centre - Euan Buglass and Joe Saych - both of whom did a great job. Our other U16, Sam Peck, played his part in a strong forwards' performance, characterised by great intensity, support play and work at the breakdown. The standard bearer was Dan Cohen who was everywhere, totally committed in defence and ever present in attack. Credit too must go to Josh Pyle who orchestrated the backs really well and kicked six conversions on a windy day.
Thanks to the Old Albanians who fought for 70 minutes and played the game in the right spirit. We look forward to the return fixture. Thanks too to referee Ben Coady for his excellent handling of the match.