Walsall Produce Error Strewn Performance
Camp Hill 35 Walsall 30
This was a desperately disappointing display by a team that only a week previously had produced a convincing bonus point victory at Delves Road.
Steve Halbert’s men made a promising start and were soon pressing forward to get the first score. Outside-half Matt Wood made a neat break, but his try scoring pass was spilled. Full back Chris Mould was the next to break through; again, his pass was not gathered. It was a similar scenario with the forwards, as they produced some delightful interpassing close to the Camp Hill line, but again the final pass was fumbled.
The hosts, however, were quick to seize upon any scoring opportunity. They opened the scoring when they attacked off a quickly taken lineout. Centre Edwards crashing through. They were, however, reduced to fourteen players for ten minutes, when their rather too enthusiastic approach in the tackle area, did not meet the approval of the referee.
The visitors levelled the scores during this period with a very well taken try. Walsall won their opponents ball at a scrum, and then Wood,Towe and Mould combined well to send winger Roger Weston over for a try from thirty meters. The same trio combined together again five minutes later, but a Camp Hill infringement denied them a scoring opportunity. But Wood put over the resulting penalty to give the visitors a 10 – 7 lead.
The hosts maintained their high tempo approach and were rewarded with another try just before half time. This time it was some hesitant Walsall defence that allowed full back Briggs the space to score.
The second half started badly for the visitors. Centre Towe was yellow carded within a minute of the restart and then from the resulting scrum,Camp Hill No8 Rob Hill, broke through some weak Walsall tackles to score wide out. The hosts then made it 24 – 10, as a length of the field attack, involving some good inter passing, resulted in a try by the corner flag.
Captain Halbert, instigated a brief Walsall revival. His twenty meter charge set up a try for hooker Jimmy Scott. But another ‘Camps’ breakout, saw the ball being hacked on for over half the length of the field. Although there seemed to be a knock on infringement, play was allowed to continue, and the hosts scored another try to make it 29 – 17.
The visitors tried desperately to get back into the game. A Wood penalty reduced the deficit, and then they were awarded a penalty try as the Walsall scrum powered forward towards the try line.
It seemed that with fifteen minutes left, the visitors would maintain this momentum to go and secure a win. But they were guilty of several basic errors and lost possession and position far too easily. Two more penalties gave the hosts a comfortable 35 – 27 lead, while the visitors just managed to get a losing bonus point when Wood put over a late penalty.