Saffron Walden make point against Manor as campaign gets off to a losing start

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 September 2017

Saffron Walden score a try against Eton Manor (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden score a try against Eton Manor (pic Jamie Pluck)


Saffron Walden picked up a losing bonus point from their first London One North fixture of the season against Eton Manor.

Action from Saffron Walden's match with Eton Manor (pic Jamie Pluck)Action from Saffron Walden's match with Eton Manor (pic Jamie Pluck)

The home side began well and attacked on the blind side with full-back Mark Kimberley, who chipped over the Manor defence and won the race to touch down.

Fly-half Tom Hughes added the conversion for an early 7-0 lead after four minutes, but Manor hit back with a brace of tries of their own for a 12-7 lead with barely eight minutes played.

The visitors then cleared with a long kick out of defence and debutant winger Ollie Webber gathered the ball and used his pace and strength to beat several defenders as he passed halfway.

Webber then found flanker Ben Stapleton on his shoulder with a pop pass and he stepped past a couple of Manor players to touch down and put Walden 14-12 up.

There was no let-up in the scoring as Manor claimed their third try soon after, which was converted.

And although Walden landed a penalty, the visitors touched down again before half time to go into the interval with as 26-17 lead.

Manor had the better of the third quarter and scored three well-worked tries to put the game beyond Walden’s reach at 45-17.

But the home side did not give up and camped in their opponent’s 22, applying a spell of sustained pressure before flanker Brad Baker ran a good line to break the defence and go under the posts.

Walden kept pushing in the final 10 minutes, looking for the four-try bonus point, and they got their reward when breaking from inside their own half and finding quick ball from the base of a ruck for substitute Luke O’Malley to hit a gap at pace.

O’Malley made 25 metres to find himself with only the full-back to beat, then sent a great pass for Baker to go over the line despite the attentions of a defender.

But the visitors had the final say as they took advantage of some tired Walden bodies to touch down once more two minutes from time and seal a deserved 50-29 win.

Webber and fellow debutant Peter Frost impressed for the hosts, as O’Malley also shone on his return from injury.

And Walden will hope for better at North Walsham this weekend, with the club on the lookout for new players for their first and second teams. email or if interested.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 14:46

A burglary was committed at a Co-op in Great Bardfield early this morning (November 17).

Fri, 14:53

Emptying bins and running the recycling service remains the most important priority for Uttlesford District Council, according to residents who completed a recent survey.

Fri, 12:45

A former police officer based in Essex has been found guilty of gross misconduct after having a sexually explicit conversation with a convicted paedophile and failing to report it.

Fri, 09:11

The parents of Ronnie Leys, a three-year-old from Saffron Walden who recently underwent a life-changing operation to allow him to walk, said their son’s progress has been “remarkable”.

Digital Edition

Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Saffron Walden Reporter weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy