December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Walden moved up to the dizzy heights of second place in the table as their rich vein of form continued on Saturday.
The Rams have been in this position before – a couple of times in fact in the past few years – only to fade away as the season wears on. But the signs are there that the club can hang on.
Coach Graham Marshall said: “There are signs throughout the club that things are gelling both on and off the field to give hope that the success can be sustained.
“It is now down to the players to dig in, train hard and have an enjoyable season.
Rochford – relegated to the division last season and second in the league going into the game – were always going to be tough opposition, and Walden head coach Tom Hughes had said before the game that it would be a “real marker” as to his team’s progress.
The early were tight as both sides probed the other’s defence.
Rochford took a 3-0 lead after Walden had given away a penalty, but the hosts began to apply pressure.
Centre Mark Kimberley rustled up two tries and winger Ben Stapleton another as Walden went in 17-3 up at the interval.
Rochford scored a well-worked try soon after the restart to narrow the gap, but Stapleton added his second try to relieve the pressure after good work from Hughes and flanker Eddie Brown.
The visitors again came back into it, notching their second try on the hour mark to bring the score to 24-17.
Walden put in some solid defensive work to keep out the determined Rochford attacks. And, within the space of a few minutes, they worked the ball deep into the visitor’s half, setting up the ball for Hughes to knock over two long-range drop goals to make it 30-17 with only five minutes to play.
With the game won Walden went to sleep and allowed Rochford to score one more try with the last play of the game.
• Meanwhile, Saffron Walden IIs ran out 94-3 winners over Ely Development.
Walden travelled without a single front row player and no substitutes, resulting in 80 minutes of uncontested scrums being agreed with the referee and Ely captain.
It suited Walden who played some delightful rugby, an exhibition of a simple yet direct style that reaped a hatful of tries.
Will Vye helped himself to five tries, with further scores added by Sam Barrett (4), Neil Gaffan, Jack Eady, Ross Slater, Charlie Smith and Felix Harris.