Walsall Ease to Victory
Walsall 30 Market Bosworth 12
Walsall secured, what was eventually a comfortable victory over a battling Bosworth team in this re-arranged league fixture. The unavailability of some of their regular players meant that the home team gave some of their inexperienced young forwards an opportunity to play at this level. The hosts were in the lead after just two minutes as forwards and backs combined in a series of sweeping attacks which resulted in winger Jack Crowhurst going over near the corner flag. But the visitors came back strongly and enjoyed their best periods of play during the next twenty minutes. They were rewarded with a try, after a series of good drives, by prop forward Hanford which Williams converted. But after this Walsall began to dominate with Benson,Dickson and Jones being very conspicuous in attack and defence. Roger Weston gave them the lead by half time with two well struck penalties. It was the Walsall centre that opened the scoring after the interval as he cut through the Bosworth defence to finish off another sustained attack. Walsall’s bonus point scores came later in the half as No8 Rod Dickson finished off a powerful forwards try and then full back Chris Mould got the teams fourth. He ran in from forty meters to finish off, a length of the field, counter attack instigated by his winger Paul Naylor. Weston converted both to maintain his position as the leagues’ leading points scorer. Indeed, he was unfortunate with the other two conversions as he watched them rebound off the uprights. The latter stages of the game saw Walsall bring on two more youngsters. Tarik Tin in the front row and a debut for the young winger Jordan Lay. No8 Wickwar got a late touchdown for the visitors. But this defeat condemned the Leicestershire team to relegation from Midlands One West. While victory has maintained Walsall’s slim hopes of gaining a play-off position behind Lichfield, the runaway league leaders.