Despite the heavy morning rain the pitch was in good condition as Walden entertained Romford under the lights at their Henham ground.
In front of 150+ supporters after a well attended Xmas VP's Lunch, Walden had the strong breeze in their favour in the first half.
It took 10 minutes of contritional play before Walden opened the scoring from a scrum 15 metres out, the ball was fed down the line, winger Rob Booth received the final pass to go over the line and towards the posts for a converted try.
10 minutes later Walden added 3 points when Romford where penalised for hands in a ruck and Captain and Fly half Mark Kimberley knocked it over from in front of the posts. 10 – 0 after 20 mins.
In the last 10 mins of the half Walden played some great Rugby scoring their second try after a period of sustained pressure with several close range drives around the fringes which sucked in the defence. The ball was then passed wide to Full back Conor McCabe joining the line running straight to draw in the last Romford defender to give a perfectly timed pass sending Booth over in the corner for his second try. 15 – Nil after half an hour.
Romford then proceeded to give another penalty away and Walden kicked to the corner, from the resulting line out they set up a perfect driving maul and James Bovaird back from Uni was able to control the ball at the back as the rest of the pack drove over the line for a converted try. 22 – Nil.
Walden then secured the Bonus point try 2 minutes before the half time whistle with a fine break by Winger Villi Navia who broke down the left touch line, it looked like he was held up as two Romford defenders came across but somehow he used some magic to free the ball and flip it out to No8 Nik Baker who cantered over the line unopposed drifting round towards the posts for the fourth Try.
Romford tried in vain to get on the score board at the end of the half but some great defence held them out leaving the half time score at 29 Nil.
With the wind strengthening Romford now took advantage of the elements and they also were beginning to dominate Walden's make shift pack at scrum time and around the fringes, Although it took 15 minutes of the half to get their first points on the board with a push over try from a 5 metre scrum. 29 – 7
3 minutes later they scored their second as they picked it up from a close range ruck to exploit no cover behind the base of the ruck as Walden fanned out expecting it to go wide and simply ran straight to score, 29 -14.
Some great defending stopped the visitors from increasing the pressure on Walden and who should have added to their tally when they broke out of their 22 with some good interplay between Kimberley and Booth however a kick did not go quite as hoped for and the opportunity was lost.
Romford scored again 5 minutes from the end but crucially they missed the conversion leaving the Walden still two scores ahead.
Walden regained the ball from the kick off and then played some good sensible pick and drives to wind the clock down and eventually kicked the ball dead to secure an important Bonus Point win and deny Romford from getting anything out of the game.
Walden now enter the Christmas break in good spirits but realise that a tough second half of the season waits.
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