Walden close in on leaders Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 10:58 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:59 18 December 2014

Tom Price kicks a conversion. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Tom Price kicks a conversion. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden are just four points off London 2NE leaders Chelmsford after picking up their third consecutive win on Saturday.

Walden have beaten South Woodham Ferrers, Braintree and Norwich in consecutive weeks to lift them up to fifth in the table after 11 games.

And, with a fifth versus third tie this Saturday against Diss, they could jump as high as first if they win and other results go their way. They will, however, need to swing a 32-point difference that currently favours Chelmsford.

But, if the last three weeks are anything to go by, it is not out of the question. Over the span they have averaged 34 points per game, although that is skewed by the 55-28 rout they put on Braintree. They will have to improve their eighth-ranked defence, which has surrendered 234 points this season, an average of just under 22 per contest.

On Saturday against Norwich, they showed their true potential defensively, containing their opponents’ potent attack to just 12 points.

All of those came in the first period as the Norfolk side turned around 12-10 up, following David Patch’s equalising try and Paul Marshall’s score near the end of the half.

From then on it was all Walden. With a slight breeze at his back, Tom Price kicked his side in front for the first time.

Marshall scored his second try of the afternoon, going over in the corner, to put Walden 18-12 up before Price split the uprights from fully 40 metres so ensure Norwich left without a bonus point to their name.

The season has now reached its half-way point and Walden have one more game, at home against Diss on Saturday (2pm kick-off), before the winter break.

The season resumes on January 10 when Saffron Walden travel to Old Cooperians.

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