PHOTO GALLERY 1: Rugby: Walden rack up 132 points in demolition of Lowestoft & Yarmouth
PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:30 01 March 2014
Saffron Walden racked up one of their highest ever scores in the club’s 50-year history as everything clicked into gear against lowly Lowestoft & Yarmouth, on Saturday.
After the spate of bad weather, the game almost felt like the start of a new season.
The light breeze and the suprisingly good condition of the pitch played into Walden’s hands as they enjoyed a fast-running game and made the most of these conditions to rack up 132 unanswered
The first try came after only four minutes as right winger Dave Patch latched on to a pass and broke a tackle to go over in the corner. Tom Price, who brought his favourite kicking boots with him, slotted over the first of 16 conversions.
Two further tries by No.8 Nik Baker and one by fly-half Tom Hughes sealed the bonus point win after only 18 minutes.
Lowestoft’s cause was not helped when one of their players was binned for 10 minutes for hands in the ruck, but such was the dominance of Walden it was inevitable that they would infringe at various points.
Tries kept coming and Walden went into half-time interval at 70-0 with 10 tries and 10 conversions.
Unlike the reverse fixture earlier back in October – when they ran out 72-11 winners – Walden did not let up in the second half and scored a further 10 tries, although with six conversions as the wind direction made kicking harder.
To their credit Lowestoft did not let their heads go down and did have one good spell in the middle of second half forcing Walden to defend inside their own 22.
At one point Walden were down to 14 players, after having a player sin-binned, but some determined defence kept the visitors at bay. Once Walden cleared their lines, the visitors never looked like scoring again.
Baker scored a hat-trick of tries, while Patch, Adam Miles, Harry Beddows, Tom Price and Ben Stapleton each grabbed a brace. The other try scorers were Sam Eardley, Hughes, Steve Mugridge, Andrew Lancaster, Felix Harris and Mark Kimberley. Price kicked 16 conversions.
It was a fine win to take confidence into Saturday’s clash with Enfield. The match will be played at the Allianz Stadium, home of Saracens, with a 7.30pm kick off. It promises to be a grand occasion for the players, back room staff and supporters.
• We have two online galleries of Walden’s win over Loewstoft. Visit saffronwaldenreporter24.co.uk to see more photos of the game.