Late Tierney Try Saves Walsall
Walsall 18 Camp Hill 13
Walsall, not for the first time this season, were involved in a nail biting finish at Delves Road last saturday. Last September they lost in injury time at Haslucks Green Road. But this time flanker Rob Tierney crossed for a try in the second minute of injury time to secure a welcomed win.
The hosts deserved the victory because they were the team that created the most chances throughout the match. It was however very much a 'stop,start' type of game, with the referee's whistle being in constant use. Indeed, it seemed that during most of the scrums that took place, there was either a free kick or penalty awarded . The visitors took the lead after eight minutes when Ian Briggs put over a penalty. Matt Wood levelled the scores fifteen minutes later. But another Briggs penalty gave the visitors a 6 -3 half time lead. Walsall however should have been well in front by then as flanker Ben Nilsen and winger Alex Greenslade went very close to scoring. Wood made it 6 - 6 early in the second half and then Greenslade, with a forty meter try scoring run gave his team a five point lead. But the Delves Road faithful were stunned late in the half as replacement flanker Jan Van Der Walt forced his way over from close range. Briggs put over the conversion to make it 11 - 13 with five minutes left. Steve Halbert's men responded well and as the game went deep into injury time prop forward Pete Fitzgerald broke through three Camp Hill tacklers and covered thirty meters before throwing a pass. Although the ball went to the ground, flanker Tierney gathered superbly and dived over in the corner for the winning try.Wood's magnificent touchline conversion sealed the win.