Sat 30
1st XV
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South Woodham Ferrers
Another Bonus Point Win.

Another Bonus Point Win.

By Graham Marshall
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Four Wins in a row keeps Walden in 4th Spot.


On a fine spring afternoon Walden entertained South Woodham Ferrers and another good all round performance saw the Men in Green get four wins in a row for the first time since Mid October.
Things started brightly for Walden when they kicked off and forced a turnover inside the visitors half, quick ball from the base of a ruck saw the ball passed down the line 20 metres out. A fine pass from centre Adam Clark put left winger Paul Marshall in space and he went over in the corner to put Walden 5 points up after only 3 mins.
SWF hit back with a try of their own after a fine run by the full back exploited some gaps in the Walden defence to score wide out to level.
Then they took the lead when Walden gave away a penalty in front of the posts for offside 5- 8 after 12 mins.
SWF gained a scrum in the centre of the park just inside their own half and unusually with the Current Laws Walden's hooker Sam Butler managed to hook the ball back to secure a turnover and a couple of phases later flanker James Gosden was on hand as he shook off a couple of tackles to force himself over the try line for Walden’s second try 10- 8.
On the half hour mark the visitors strayed offside and Mark Kimberley slotted over the 3 points but this was cancelled out 5 minutes later when SWF kicked a penalty to leave the half time score at 13 – 11.
With 10 mins played of the Second Half Walden finally stretched their lead with a couple of well taken tries. The first scored by centre George Menhinick after several phases of possession enabled him to break a tackle and go under the posts. 20 – 11.
Then 5 mins later Walden gained a penalty 45 metres out and looked as though they would kick to the corner, SWF switched off, sensing there was an overlap on the left full back Tom Price took it quickly and passed out wide, Walden’s backs raced up towards the try line. They were stopped just short but quick ball from the base of the ruck from scrum-half Dan Rust saw 2nd Row Will McGinn coming through at pace to dive over the line for Walden’s Bonus point try. 27 – 11.
South Woodham Ferrers fighting to avoid relegation never gave up and scored another good try after a series of phases to narrow the gap 27 -18 with still 15 minutes left on clock.
Then when a Walden player was binned after a melee in mid field they tried to exploit the man advantage and came close on at least one occasion but some great defence by Walden kept them out.
With the last kick of the game SWF tried to salvage a losing Bonus point with a long range penalty. It just sailed wide of the posts and the final whistle blew.
Walden still sit 4th in the table one point ahead of Norwich, with a difficult trip to second placed Romford for the last league game of the season.
But with confidence gained over the last 4 games, they will no doubt be thinking about getting another positive result.

We are always on the look out for new players to play either in the first team in London 2NE or the Saxons (2nd team) in Eastern Counties 1West, if you are interested in joining our friendly club please contact either info@swrfc.co.uk or graham.marshall2@ntlworld.com

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Match details

Match date

Sat 30, Mar 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

London 2 North East

League position

4
Saffron Walden
10
South Woodham Ferrers