Encouraging Start for Walsall
Walsall 30 Camp Hill 23
Walsall opened their Midlands Two West campaign with a pleasing bonus point win over a strong Camp Hill team. It was a rather more comfortable victory than the final score suggests. Once the hosts had secured possession, they showed that they had several players that could break through defences and create try scoring opportunities. But, the Camp Hill outfit were very good at gaining control of the ball, displaying some very effective lineout and breakdown tactics. Indeed, the first ten minutes of the game saw the visitors gain possession of the ball from the kick off and, then, kept their hosts under pressure until Edwards kicked an easy penalty. However, the next quarter of the game saw Walsall put together some concentrated attacks and several of their players displayed good running and handling skills. It was not long before fly half Carless levelled the score with a penalty after Dickson,Fitzgerald and Jordan Lay had made good line breaks. Walsall’s first try came ten minutes later after good dummy runs gave space for Lay and Ethan Walker to combine together before Tony Lay was put clear for a try near the corner. Mitch Carless added a good touchline conversion. Five minutes later Carless punished the visitors for their indiscretions with another penalty. But the closing minutes of the half saw the visitors hit back with an Edward’s penalty and then he followed up, and collected a kick ahead to score their first try, which he converted.
The first quarter of the second half saw Walsall establish what was to be a match winning lead. During this period, they scored two well-worked tries and with better use of the ball could have added to their tally. The first score came after Dickson and scrum half Pitt had combined before putting full back Ethan Walker over for a score which Carless converted. It was a similar pattern of play five minutes later, but this time Pitt put through a kick which the young full back chased down for his second try. Camp Hill were still proving to be a constant threat and only some good defence by Fitgerald,Lay,Woodward and Hickman kept them at bay. Walsall had their bonus point try with five minutes left. Good lineout ball was moved wide and the hard working Jordan Lay joined the attack before giving centre Rob Angell the try scoring pass.
It was a rather disappointing final few minutes for the host as they were guilty of a lack of concentration and, more crucially, were guilty of a lack of discipline. The Delves Road team were hit by two yellow cards during the final few minutes. This resulted in former Walsall captain Steve Halbert crossing for a try and then prop forward Austin Bolger went over by the corner flag for the final score of the game which ensured his team secured a losing bonus point.