December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Saffron Walden secured their second resounding victory in two weeks – and head coach Tom Hughes admits the team is ahead of schedule with its development.
The Rams were well worthy of their 47-0 victory over Stowmarket on Saturday – which lifted them up to third in the table – and dominated up front from the first scrum. They racked up seven tries but it could have been a lot more, handling errors creeping in with the team seemingly too eager to impress when in possession.
However, Hughes was delighted to put some points on the board, and pleased with the way the team has started this campaign. But he has urged his troops not to get ahead of themselves just yet.
“To be honest we’re further ahead than anticipated at this stage,” he said. “Of course, we’re really pleased with the way things have gone so far – the new scrum laws in particular seem to suit our style.
“But the aim this season was to bring stability, a top half finish and in a perfect world a top four finish.
“So we need to keep our feet on the ground and remember what we set out to do.”
Second row James Gosden opened the try-scoring account on 35 minutes, with No.8 Nik Baker and winger Ben Stapleton also going over before the break. Tom Price converted all three.
Four further tries in the second half, from Stapleton, captain Adam Miles, Tom Reid and Eddie Brown – three converted by Price – capped an impressive display.
Walden will have to step up again on Saturday as they entertain second place Rochford – who were relegated to the division last season – at Henham.
“It will be a good marker of where we are,” said Hughes. “They are winning but they’re not putting too many points on the board.
“It is going to be a real test.”
● It was a clean sweep of wins for the club at the weekend, with the 2s and 3s both chalking up victories to remain unbeaten this season.
A strong Walden 2s team put in a dominant display as they comfortably saw off Newmarket 39-3. Tries were scored by Oli Lockyer, Gordon Leonard, Sam Barrett, Rob Booth, Will Vye & Felix Harris(2). Nick Dawson kicked four points.
The 3s meanwhile, had a tougher contest as they edged out St Neots, 11-10. James Burton and John Taylor scored tries for Walden, before Taylor stepped up to coolly slot home the winning three-pointer with 10 minutes remaining.