Walden end losing streak with well-earned victory over derby rivals Shelford
PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 December 2011
AFTER the heartbreak of a last minute game-losing try last week, Walden U15s bounced back with a well-earned 12-5 derby victory against Shelford, bringing a four game losing streak to an end.
Missed tackles allowed Shelford to cross the line after only five minutes and the home side looked ragged.
However, Walden shook themselves down and restarted strongly – great forward interplay by No8 Andrew Smith and second row captain John Clark saw the ball travel left. Stand-off Will Clark received the resulting ruck ball and cleverly cut inside for the try. No more scores left it 5-5 at half-time.
The second half was balanced with both sides probing deep into opposition territory but defensive tackling was strong from both sides.
Twelve minutes into the half came the crucial breakthrough. Well inside his own half, full-back Josh Flack received a pop pass at pace and carved through the first line of tacklers. Accelerating, he weaved through several Shelford despairing dives, ran fully half the length of the pitch to cross under the posts, and sealed a welcome and deserved win for Walden.